Picture found on this post http://www.lettersofnote.com/2009/11/to-all-aspiring-animators.html. A must read.
The first thing you need to know is that no one is perfect, practice makes perfect, 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 else. You keep working on those shots as a way to fulfill yourself, as a way of life. Not as a way to show off.
Each of us has a different learning pace, we shouldn’t envy others who are learning (or seem to be learning) faster than you.
The 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, you believe in yourself and you’re 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’m 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 from 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, more of what makes us happy. The journey is long my friends, but it’s going to be awesome 🙂