Sunday, 13 July 2014
A Facebook Group worth joining - VFX Jobs
How do you find work in the Animation and Visual Effects industry? Networking, scanning the jobs pages of websites like awn.com; there are many ways to keep your ear to the ground. The best method of all is to build up a network of like-minded individuals, friends and colleagues who can keep you posted on the latest news - and even get you hired when the time is right.
Traditionally, in London, jobs would get "announced" in the pub over a pint on a friday night, the news would spread up and down Wardour Street, and hires would be made on Monday morning. Now, with great Facebook pages like VFX jobs (see above), you can keep up with the endlessly changing ebb and flow of VFX vacancies.
There is no single ideal way to find work, especially when you are hunting down that crucial first job in the industry. But what is certain is that work is very unlikely to find you without effort on your part. Even the most talented artists have to hustle, beat the pavement, and work at finding work (though they might make it look effortless). Keeping your ear to the ground so that your CV and demo reel are pitch perfect when a company is hiring - these are the essential ingredients for success.
Join the Facebook Group, be a constructive member, and become part of the VFX world of like-minded artists. You can find the page here:
For more information on finding work in the animation and visual effects business, read our post on how to find a job in the animation industry, and check out our post about what not to do at a job interview. Also see our post on starting your own small animation business, learn how to create an invoice, and see how we are helping our students find work through our film co-operative Nano Films. Download the free Escape Studios Careers in VFX Handbook. Take a look at how awn.com can help you find a job, and read our piece about how to survive as a freelance animator. Also, find out what Cinesite look for in a student's demo reel, and read our post on setting up your own animation business.