Monday, 9 May 2016

Pete Nicholson - Animator at King Bee Animation

We're delighted to congratulate Animation Apprentice student Pete Nicholson who has just landed a job with King Bee animation, based at the historic Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, just outside of London.

Pete got the job after doing an internship at King Bee; a tried and tested route into the industry. Internships are often - in effect - a kind of prolonged interview process. Which, in this case, had a happy ending.

Pete got the internship by sending emails asking for work experience to various animation and video production companies. he made sure he was clear about what he wanted to learn, and included his demo reel and CV.

When King Bee's managing director came back to him offering an internship, Pete spoke to his then current employers and worked out a way he could do the internship without quitting his job completely.

Pete doesn't know exactly which projects he will be working on, but King Bee are currently working on Animal Mix, a series of 13 music videos, and also a pilot episode of a series encouraging preschool children to do more exercise.  They use Maya, Flash and Photoshop to do most of their work.

Pete asks students trying to break into the industry to ask themselves these questions:

“If you’re going for a job with ten other applicants, and you all have the same qualifications, what will set you apart?”

And also: "What can you add to your CV which gives you an edge? Can you improve your people skills so your potential employer knows you’re someone he can work with?"

To see Pete Nicholson's demo reel and website, follow this link:

To find out more about Animation Apprentice, click here for a link to Frequently Asked Questions. To sign up for our next classroom at Animation Apprentice, follow this link.

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