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Motion Hatch: Helping Motion Designers Do Better Business

Jan 19, 2021

Finding work with a major studio making feature films can seem daunting. You may wonder if your work is good enough. But what if it’s not your work that ultimately gets you hired but something else entirely? If you’ve ever wondered how animators get to work on huge films, today’s guest is going to tell you how she did it.

About Nikki Braine

Nikki has been an animator for many years. Her career spans games, VFX, and feature films including ‘Paddington 2’ and  'Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them'. She was recently hired on as the animation supervisor for a new Netflix show.

What it Takes to Land Big Jobs

Nikki takes us on her journey into VFX and feature film work. She describes the interview process and why you shouldn’t be nervous during them. The truth is, once you’ve landed an interview, you’ve already made it past the majority of the hurdles to get hired. Just be yourself and show them that you’re a nice person to work with. 

Although she received a formal education as an animator, Nikki doesn’t suggest that for everyone. There are so many great online schools and programs that can teach you what you need to know. Nikki suggests finding a specific aspect of motion design that interests you and exploring the online programs that focus on it.

Attitude is Everything

Nikki credits her eagerness to take initiative as what landed her in the job as lead animator. Getting this type of work takes problem-solving skills, great communication, and being approachable. Animating is just a small part of the job. It’s being able to effectively lead and inspire a team that makes a great lead animator.

What interview tips can you share with us? Leave a comment on the episode page!

How do you approach large studios when looking for work? Leave a comment on the episode page!

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