Hi, I've read this forum for a long time and the amount of talent here is impressive. I was hoping if I could get some insight and/or advice?
Short version: I struggled a lot in the past and I finally reached a point in my life where I can pursue things I wasn’t fully able to before. My dream is to be involved in the production of an animated film or series and maybe someday foresee my own. But given my past and my late start, I’ll settle for the former. After some back and forth with schools over the years I ended up completing a program in media arts at a local college. It was among the better choices I had available to me if I wanted a grant for my education but it was mostly technical-based. I know I’ll benefit from traditional courses (colour theory, perspective, composition, lighting, etc) as an artist.
Can I still make a career in film/comics/animation without a more traditional art education? I’ve been drawing from a young age, although I stopped for a few years until recently and have been teaching myself through books and tutorials. Through schools there’s the opportunity to create a network that can be invaluable and I’m considering to pursue a BFA in film or animation. But I also recently turned 31 and feel it may be best to start building some sort of professional experience at this point instead of spending another 4-5 years in college. At the moment I work part time doing illustrations for educational games but I still feel a bit discouraged. There isn’t anyone I can really talk to about this so any insight would be greatly appreciated!