How to get an Internship in a Motion Design Studio
The question that’s on everybody’s lips is, how does one actually get an internship at a motion design studio?
Luckily, we have at our disposal, not just any motion designer, but one of the best motion designers around, George Dyson. Who took time out of his busy schedule running Greedy Goons and working as a Created mentor to give us his advice and two cents on the best way to make the leap from your bedroom studio to design studio.
1. How do you know when you’re ready to join a studio?
First of all, it’s important to know when it’s the right time to go and get yourself out there. It’s a scary leap, but leap you must.
In a nutshell, and not to make sweeping generalisations, George suggests that a lot of designers are naturally shy. His advice is to get a support system of at least one or two people. This could be a mix of your best friend, your parents, or your reclusive roommate. Their job is to champion you and your work and to help push through the niggling self doubt…
2. Should you wait until you’ve found your creative voice?
The straight answer is NO. In fact, having a ‘creative voice’ or a set style could actually hinder rather than help you, especially if you’re just starting out. You don’t want to be pigeonholed and limited as to what you can work on!
George suggests that to get into a studio you need to have on a basic level the technical ability to do your job. That doesn’t mean that you need to be a master, (come on, you’re an intern) but a fundamental understanding and knowledge that if you’re thrown something you’ll be able to do it! The voice and vision can come later. Just make sure you ‘knuckle down’, get the work and training in, and you’ll be fine.
3. Courses, resources and advice…
Sometimes you want a good place to start. George suggests that reading, The Freelance Manifesto: A Field Guide for the Modern Motion, is as good a place as any, and it offers up some great advice for those starting out.
Another hot tip from George is that whilst you’re building up your showreel and obviously using tutorials to help you learn new skills and techniques (he recommends BERD Tutorials for learning C4D), you shouldn’t stop there. Recruiters are likely to recognise a tutorial in your showreel, so for extra credit make sure to push it further, whether that’s combining it with another tutorial or applying those techniques to something else… Don’t just sit back on your laurels. Find things that interest you. Give ‘em a go. Push yourself. Push your work. Push on.
4. Is it harder to get into a studio remotely?
Motion design studios have been a tad London-centric in the past, but as of late, the playing field has leveled. Duevto COVID-19 and the move toward remote working, you can come from anywhere and be in the running for a role at a studio. All you need is a good internet connection and you’re away… So what’s stopping you?
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