Wel­come to a time of re­flec­tion

ImagineFX - - Editor’s Letter -

Hello friends. A few things I’ve read this is­sue have made me pause and re­flect. Firstly, that my love for this com­mu­nity grows ever more when I see a group of artists ral­ly­ing round to help Allen Wil­liams. Turn to page 29 for more.

But in par­tic­u­lar, In-Ah Roedi­ger’s in­ter­view (page 42) res­onates with my own ex­pe­ri­ences of life and work. She talks openly about the pres­sures of work­ing all hours in the an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try and I iden­tify with her drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed. But I’m also struck by the sac­ri­fices made in pur­suit of a job or hobby we adore.

While hav­ing a pas­sion can be ful­fill­ing, if left unchecked it can take over your life and cause more harm than good. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard of near-burnout ex­pe­ri­ences from artist friends who’ve worked 24/7 on project af­ter project, only stop­ping to take stock when faced with a trip to the doc­tors or hos­pi­tal.

I’m grate­ful to do some­thing I love. But it’s in­tense and all­con­sum­ing. I need an out­let. I’ve fi­nally learned to force my­self to un­plug from my desk at a regular hour, go home and do some­thing else. For me it’s cooking. Pre­par­ing a meal from scratch (okay, and de­vour­ing it, too…) en­ables me to zone out and re­lax.

Try to fo­cus on what ac­tiv­ity un­plugs you – ex­er­cise, friends, TV… what­ever! If your pas­sion is tak­ing up all your time, stress­ing you out, or mak­ing you ill, it’s gone too far. Recog­nise this and find an­other out­let. Your art will thank you for it.

Claire Howlett, Edi­tor claire@imag­inefx.com

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