Hello everyone. I came across this thread and did a bit of a sigh of relief to see others that share the feelings I do. For the longest time, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do, I followed my chosen path till the very end to become a digital animator. It was fun and I was good at it, but it turned out I didn't like it as much as I'd hoped. What killed the enjoyment of doing motion graphics, or any graphic design, were the clients. They could be an unappreciative bunch and they made designing feel more like dreaded work, not the excitement I had hoped for. That and I swear, myself and my colleagues would often mega sigh over clients always picking the least favorite design, it's like they do it on purpose sometimes heh.
Besides the clients, I can't fathom spending my life going somewhere everyday, that feels robotic and simply a thing to do to make ends meet. I'd like to enjoy my work and hope that others to, learn on the job and not endlessly pray for lotto to strike to do an instant vanish.
What drives you?
I'm quite resilient and patient. The thought of success and the feeling that comes along with it keeps me pursuing my goal.
What keeps you going through the hard times?
My monkey partner and my gaming obsession keeps me alive. Stress buckets are easily solved with some firepower lol. But he'll often toss me back up if I need a boost.
Do you still hold the same core values as when you first started out?
I started my new business (custom drupal themes) just this year, Feb 2010. Feels like time has flown. I believe I have the same values, to make each theme better, improve them gradually as I learn new stuff, which is practically all the time.
Do you eat sleep breathe and practically live what you do ?
Yes well I still do motion graphics and will most likely return full time as I'd need to financially support my goals by myself. But I have quite easily gone days designing all day, creating themes, studying others techniques, learning new techniques, working out problems and it never feels like much time has passed.
Also just had to add...it always seems like some of the people you work with that are above you, never know or understand what you do and expect you to shoot out marvelous works of art in two seconds. I'm tired of the assumptions from others and having to justify or explain, part of every job should be learning about the jobs of those around you. It'd make a much more peaceful atmosphere.