A 2D animator is responsible for developing the initial concept of a product, be that packaging, an advertisement or characters for commercial use before being passed on to the 3D Animator to build up on using software.
Therefore it is important the 2D Animator understands exactly who the target market is for the product, as well as identifying other factors such as who the competitors are, what branding appeals, and whether there is an opportunity to gained from the concept.
To meet such criteria, the 2D Animator will work with other departments, such as Marketing and Advertising.
What Is The Starting Salary For A 2D Animator?
Entry into 2D Animation is competitive as it is seen as a very lucrative career. Most people wishing to start a career in 2D Animation will enter the industry as a Runner or an Inbetweener; that is, a helping hand for the Senior Animators at around £12,000 to £15,000 per year salary.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about the industry, and to develop your own skills as an animator. Don’t be afraid to add your two cents now and then; you may be the Runner, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to think.
Equally, be prepared for your idea’s to be shot down immediately, but don’t let this stop you contributing in the future. You want to be noticed by the right people in a very insaturated environment, so grow a thick skin, learn and keep going.
After a while you may progress on to a Key Framer, which is still a relatively junior role. You will be involved in junior roles for the first few years whilst you learn and gain experience.
Experienced animators will eventually reach the £23k to £25k salary level, with those over ten years experience exceeding a £26,000 salary.
What Qualifications Does An Animator Need?
Entry into the Animation industry is rare without a degree. Of course, there are exceptions for those with excellent talent, but these are few and far between.
It is possible to enter animation with any graduate degree, but a more relevant degree to the indusrty will be more promising, such as;
art and design;
design for moving image;
film and video;
model making or sculpture;
Where To Study Animation?
As well as many traditional universities offering degrees in the relevant subjects, this isn’t always possible for everyone, so another path to explore could be online animation courses.
There are many online, and a simple search using your preferred search engine will bring you back a heap of options for you to delve a little deeper.
Where Do Animators Work?
Many animators, more than 40%, work as Freelancers or Contractors. That is they work as a sole-trader, and market themselves to companies who may require their skills and are hired on a per project basis, usually for a fixed fee or an agreed hourly fee.
This is an excellent opportunity for talented animators, with lucrative and large portfolios of work they have done throughout their career, possibly within an agency, as they are proven within the industry and are highly sought after meaning they can charge a substantially higher fee than with an agency.
However, this comes with a risk, as there is no regular wage to rely on there is minimal financial security. No work means no pay.
A much popular and secure employment avenue, is to simply stay with an agency and climb the career ladder.
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