Sunday, 19 May 2013

Where's best to freelance as an animator?

I have been looking into what to do after graduating for quite some time now, and where is best to be for animation (even if I am only freelancing). I know that moving back home to live with my parents in Telford would be counter productive, as I have already started to build up my name here in Leeds and moving back to an area with no animation let alone art ventures would be awful. Therefore I am aiming to look at living alone for a couple of years (or finding like-minded flat mates in different areas of the UK), before settling somewhere.

My first plan would be to stay in Leeds, mainly due to the network of creative people I have already got around me here. But I think it is important for me to look into where it would be best to do animation, which would perhaps mean moving to a different area of this country, or to another country all together.

From researching into this I have found that the best places in the UK to work in games (as my backup plan) or animation are..

Games- Edinburgh, London, Manchester 

Animation- London, Bristol, Manchester, ~ Other countries which are good for animation in no order are France, USA (Oregon, California), Canada, Japan

From this I realised how much of a creative hub Manchester is, and had a further look into what they have on offer for animation. I mainly chose to focus on that area as it is a relatively short distance away from Leeds, giving me the opportunity to commute, or if I choose to move there then it is a short distance to travel back to Leeds if needed.

Manchester Studios

Although some people may think I am looking into this far too early, as I have only just finished my first year, I think that it is important to have an end goal allowing me to start saving enough money and planning to the future. I also need to have a goal as to what level I expect myself to be when I graduate, making sure that if I am not on the path to that, then I need to put in extra time over holidays and free time to make sure I reach that.

My next post will be looking into how easy it would be for me to live the dream after graduating, and bite the bullet and move to Japan.

No comments:

Post a Comment