...About prior experience as a freelance artist? I've been making and selling Flash dress-up games (ashamedly) since I was 13, and currently I make corporate brochures while in high school. Admittedly, the dress-up games weren't too great looking back at them, but nevertheless they sold for around $100-200. Now, making these games, I have more experience and they're a bit better and earning me more money (if that counts for anything), but I'm not sure if this is something to include in a portfolio when applying to art school.
My question is, do art schools care about any of this when I apply? Should I bother mentioning my freelance work? Will it help me get into schools (as a supplement, not for my main work)? Does it even matter? I want to major in animation (with a focus in 2D) and possibly minor in graphic design (if that's possible or not too overwhelming).
The reason I ask is it's something I've always wondered. I realize just this experience alone won't get me in to art school, but maybe it would help? Could it represent me as a dedicated artist in regards to making a living at art?
Also, hello! Nice to meet you all-- It's probably odd of me to do introductions last, but I'm new here and this community seems awesome. I've been lurking for a bit, so this is my first official post.