Picture found on this post http://www.lettersofnote.com/2009/11/to-all-aspiring-animators.html. A must read.
First thing you need to know is that no one is perfect, practice makes perfection, actually practice makes you improve. You’ll never be perfect, sorry!
The legend is true guys: at the end of the day it will be up to you to how many hours you practice. The most important thing is that you spend time animating because you love doing animation, not because you want to be better than anyone. You keep working on those shots as a way to fulfill you, as a way of life. Not as a way to show off.
Each one of us has a different learning pace, we shouldn’t envy others that are learning (or that they seem to be learning) faster than you.
First rule of survival is “do your own thing and don’t give a s**t about what other people think (or do)” If you do what you love, believe in yourself and are kind to people you’ll get rewarded. Check out Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Big Magic“. An awesome and inspiring read for all artists out there.
I am lucky enough to be surrounded by creative and interesting people. I love that they work on their craft no matter the “glory” or how much money they make with it. They are happy and fulfilled people. They have interesting lives and interesting topics to talk about.
And that’s what matters at the end of the day. We need to do more of what we love, of what makes us happy. The journey is long my friends, but is going to be awesome 🙂