Lana Si­ma­nenkova and Milo Tar­gett ex­plain what it takes to be hired by a studio like An­i­made

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1 Spend time on your showreel

“Have a re­ally nice showreel show­ing off your skills and the kind of an­i­ma­tion you want to do,” ad­vises Lana Si­ma­nenkova. “It’s al­ways good to be an all-rounder, but it’s also nice to see that some­one spe­cialises in a cer­tain type of an­i­ma­tion, so that you can say: ‘Yes, I will go with this cer­tain per­son be­cause I want that type of an­i­ma­tion, right now.’”

2 Iden­tify what you’re good at

“Don’t worry too much about ex­actly about what you need to be do­ing, but have at least one or two skills that you know are strong,” rec­om­mends Milo Tar­gett. “You can have in­ter­ests in many things, and be­come good at other things, but to know that you’re good at some­thing is a strong start.”

3. Learn to talk to clients

“The big­gest chal­lenge I’ve faced since join­ing An­i­made is talk­ing to clients,” says Si­ma­nenkova. “I’m not a na­tive English speaker so it was daunting to ex­plain things to clients. But it comes with ex­pe­ri­ence.”

4. Be con­fi­dent

“Be con­fi­dent in what you’re say­ing, and re­mem­ber that clients don’t nec­es­sar­ily know a lot of the terms you’re talk­ing about,” agrees Tar­gett. “If they seem con­fused, it’s be­cause they’re try­ing to un­der­stand – so just be very clear with them. Be con­fi­dent that you know what you’re talk­ing about be­cause you’ve been trained to do this.”

5. Build up your studio ex­pe­ri­ence

“Be­ing able to man­age my time bet­ter is some­thing I’ve learned since join­ing An­i­made,” says Tar­gett. “It’s some­thing I should have known be­fore I started in the in­dus­try, but be­ing in a studio en­vi­ron­ment – and not a freelancer – has re­ally taught me how to get things done.”

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