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ArtVenture    3

Feeling discouraged about the industry and career path of motion graphics in general.

 

It seems every studio that hires me runs into financial problems. They either shut down or have huge layoffs.  5 of the 6 studios I have worked at are either gone, on their way out or have had major layoffs due to their low income.  As you can imagine, this is very frustrating for me, having to constantly move, lose friends, lose romantic relationships and not be able to just settle down anywhere for a total of 6 years now.  Bills, car payments, rent, everything only adds to stress of working in this industry.  You feel a bit like you're in a pinball machine randomly being smacked into every random direction possible. 

 

It could just be that my location BLOWS for this type of work (North Carolina), because out in L.A. there is a near constant flow of new Mograph  jobs being created all the time.  But L.A. is really not my cup of tea and I think I would be overwhelmingly depressed in an area like that... (plus expensive).

 

It has made me think of re-branding myself and filling a more general artistic role.  What is a good term for someone that can handle all forms of content?  Would it be a Multimedia Specialist?  What is that all-encompassing term that could be used? 

 

I'm only thinking this way because there are more UX / UI design jobs out there than EVER before.  A lot of businesses need social media content and other forms of artistic content for websites, marketing material and more.

 

I really hope this is a viable solution, because quite frankly, doing this has taken its toll on me and it's making me not want to keep going anymore.  It's just not worth it to me.

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Cerbera    1,730
3 hours ago, ArtVenture said:

What is a good term for someone that can handle all forms of content?  Would it be a Multimedia Specialist?

Multimedia Generalist, I would have thought ! :) Or just CG artist ?

 

CBR

 

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Frokito    2

Brand yourself as a cg generalist maybe? Or try to work in an agency instead in studios. They can maintain themselves better on the long run. Just my 2 cents.

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arail    24

Had a similar experience to you - one company slid from dominance to irrelevance over the course of 2 years, another company with offices in NY, Miami, LA & Portland announced on a Friday that paychecks were going to be delayed a couple of days and then closed their doors on Monday (but they made good on the paychecks).

 

I'm freelance now. There's ups and downs with this kind of life but at least I'm not at the mercy of somebody else's bad accounting practices. You have to be out in the field, banging on doors, following up leads, always looking for the next client. And you have to be available to work anytime, weekends and evenings, in order to compensate for the days that you don't have work. But I've done well the last couple of years so right now freelance seems the way to go for me. You might want to try it.

 

 

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Rectro    634

Yea a CG generalist is the term.  Do you have a website, a portfolio to show off what you can do?

 

Dan

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MJohnny    40
2 hours ago, arail said:

Had a similar experience to you - one company slid from dominance to irrelevance over the course of 2 years, another company with offices in NY, Miami, LA & Portland announced on a Friday that paychecks were going to be delayed a couple of days and then closed their doors on Monday (but they made good on the paychecks).

 

I'm freelance now. There's ups and downs with this kind of life but at least I'm not at the mercy of somebody else's bad accounting practices. You have to be out in the field, banging on doors, following up leads, always looking for the next client. And you have to be available to work anytime, weekends and evenings, in order to compensate for the days that you don't have work. But I've done well the last couple of years so right now freelance seems the way to go for me. You might want to try it.

 

 

Exactly what I had in mind. If you live in cheaper country, you can work 4 hours a days and do pretty good. Won't be for everyone, but I can't imagine 9-5 work in 3D.

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ArtVenture    3
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  • 2 hours ago, Rectro said:

    Yea a CG generalist is the term.  Do you have a website, a portfolio to show off what you can do?

     

    Dan

     

    I do at https://mographmark.myportfolio.com/

     

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone.  I think I will go with multimedia generalist and try to find a company that needs a jack of all trades kind of guy. 

     

    Anything that is not specifically in the business of motion graphics tend to do well.  Especially companies with their own internal creative teams which I seriously hope to god becomes a growing trend.

     

    I have thought about freelance but that takes a bit of time to grow a stable client base, unfortunately that's time I don't have atm.   I love the idea of freelancing however, and considering most of the motion graphics meetups around here are only freelancers, it must be a more successful way of doing this line of work.  I completely dislike being at the whim of poor business decisions / owners. 

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    HSrdelic    2,681

    Sorry to hear that, must be just your area because general industry is growing. There is a increased demand for Motion graphics people all around here in EU. Have you considered doing UX design yourself? Your portfolio looks good. If I were in your shoes I would apply at MAXON :)

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    smibrand    9

    I don't think the industry is in any kind of decline. It's shifting and will always be shifting. Sounds like your general area isn't showing any kind of force to keep work coming in, which is always a factor for smaller communities.

     

    If you need to relocate, you don't need to live in LA or NY to do mograph. Theres Detroit, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, Denver, SF. Lots of different choices. LA is expensive, but I don't know any freelance mograph artists struggling to survive. Most are driving pretty nice cars, so there is definitely money to be made. 

     

    Don't call yourself a multimedia generalist. Sounds desperate. Hold true to what you are. Go buy the School of Motion Freelance Manifesto book. I think you'll find the inspiration in that to keep you going. 

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    zeden    22
    11 hours ago, smibrand said:

    I don't think the industry is in any kind of decline. It's shifting and will always be shifting. Sounds like your general area isn't showing any kind of force to keep work coming in, which is always a factor for smaller communities.

     

    If you need to relocate, you don't need to live in LA or NY to do mograph. Theres Detroit, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, Denver, SF. Lots of different choices. LA is expensive, but I don't know any freelance mograph artists struggling to survive. Most are driving pretty nice cars, so there is definitely money to be made. 

     

    Don't call yourself a multimedia generalist. Sounds desperate. Hold true to what you are. Go buy the School of Motion Freelance Manifesto book. I think you'll find the inspiration in that to keep you going. 

    That is a question I am still thinking about after a decade in cg. I am quite the multimedia generalist with strong focus on cgi but sometimes regret not having build superstar skills in one or two 3d areas because for the really cool projects they are almost ever build with specialist teams. But on the other hand there are more generalist jobs out there because even your small 3 guys neighborhood ad bureau needs guys they can throw all kinds of work at. Also maybe start learning a game engine like unity or unreal. If you are a solid unity dev with c# skills you have 20 job offers by tomorrow here in Europe ;)

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