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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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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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  • On 4/12/2018 at 5:12 PM, 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. 

     

    I got the book on my kindle and it certainly has.  I'm starting to wonder if this is what I should have been doing all along these past few years.  I'm going to give it a go and see where it takes me.  If I can sustain myself on freelance I'll be one happy camper. 

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    The hell are you talking about?

    I live in Israel, it's a country in no-where, literally a sh*t hole and people slowly move into 3D, it's becoming popular as heck.

    Unfortunately, I'm just an after-effects expert, I can do pretty much anything in AE, but lately people been asking me to do some 3D work and I know nothing about 3D. I barely handle a cube, let alone a boat or a person.

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