Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Posted by Bobby Beck at 8:19 AM
Animation Mentor Winter Graduation
A couple weeks back we had our much anticipated winter graduation ceremony and it was a HUGE success and massive blast! I can't tell you how much these graduations serve as crazy inspiration to all of us involved. The mentors are now playing a BIGGER and BIGGER role in the whole thing because they get the pump up just as much as the student's do! I've never experienced anything like this at all. So much energy all in one place and it's really positively overwhelming to hear so many inspirational stories about people's journeys in making it to this particular point in their life.

Despite the state of the economy I am more than optimistic about how well the animation Industry is doing as a whole world wide. Yes, some studios are closing, however I can only judge how we are doing based on our placement rate. We review this often and report on our number every 6 months. Last time we reported it was at 78% worldwide placement which is HUGE. We just ran the numbers this week and I can't wait to share the new numbers when they are official. Keep your heads up, keep on animating and never let your fire die. It's all possible and WILL happen for you. Never doubt it. It's really just a matter of time! Until then I'll be riding high from the amazing energy that this place seems to breed. I LOVE it!!!!

[Nothing better than homemade ninja stars]

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