Entry 38: One Step Back and Two Steps Forward
I talked with several of my art professors from college last week, just to check on things and ask for advice and whatnot. While doing so, I posed the question about finding helpful resources at the college that could help a graduate artist like myself. One professor put it plainly that asking returning to college for peer assistance was like going back to high school to make friends.
Another professor told me that these "artists-in-training" might not stay in their field after they graduate, which would mean they would most likely lose contact with one another. Those that I graduated with have nearly all but lost contact with one another.
So what now?
After discussing with my professors, their advice was to reach out and find the community that I belong in. Just because I studied for years here doesn't mean I am rooted with those I worked with.
One of the most memorable bits of advice was to seek out other artists in local conventions or conferences. By simply typing keywords in Google like "conference" and "animation," it's entirely possible that there might be an art meet-up near by! But the best scenario from this is to seek out new and fresh endeavors.
And speaking of which, I am currently working with a few people from my college who are seeking the same goal: moving forward. By oneself, we can become unmotivated when left to our own devices or trying to juggle a job. By working with a "battle-buddy," we can hold each other accountable in ways we couldn't by ourselves.
So, the moral of this week's Blog Entry is thus: try to expand your horizons with realistic steps. If you want to go to the moon and beyond, you first have to train in an astronaut suit in a pool.
Or so they say.