Must Read: A Pixar Animator's Inspirational Letter About Persistence
When it comes to careers in Hollywood, while many will say it's a dream come true to work in this town, it's very hard work and a lot of it. Breaking into the animation world, where artists thrive, is even harder, but if there is one key to success - it's persistence. There's a blog called Animator Letters Project with the mission of collecting inspirational letters from animators, and thanks to a tip from Movieline, we caught wind of this fantastic letter from a Pixar animator named Austin Madison that focuses on the word "persist" and how that has helped him stay creative in his career. I highly suggest taking a moment to read this letter (below).
There is a transcription available here, but it doesn't compare to reading the full letter as handwritten and sent into Animator Letters Project. It's a quick read, but worth it. You can also find Austin's blog right here.
I've met and come to know a lot of animators in this industry and I'm often inspired just by meeting them. Willie Downs, the animation student behind the Animator Letters Project blog, is working on making a book of all the letters he's received. From Austin's blog: "I wasn't going to post the letter until Willie published his book, but Letters of Note put it up on their site, and I've been getting the most awesome and uplifting feedback from people." If anything, I hope this letter has some sort of impact in a young animator's life, or anyone, not even just animators. Take that paragraph about "persist on telling your story" and it could be applied to anyone doing creative work in any industry. That message alone is the most inspiring about this.
It may be hard work, but to live out your dreams, persistence is a key to success. I wish we could spend more time on animation, as I love the people and the studios and all of the passion that goes into every last frame.