There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know.
The loud speaker crackles "animator 3106 ; please step forward" you hasten to the front of the line to get paid your dues, for all that time spent training and animating your little heart out. You get a cushy job doing something you like getting an awesome wage and with people that will like you and you will get along with.
Wouldn't that be nice?
If the world at the end noticed how hard you were working. Not just working at another job that does not pay to be creative, doing less than two hours a week animating on the side. Not up there with a resume in hand, the show reel in the other and a personality that said "hire me quick!" stamped on the front of your face so much so it leaves a impression on people.
I love one of Bon Jovi's songs "welcome to wherever you are" which has the following lines as chorus;
"Welcome to wherever you are
This is your life, you made it this far
Welcome, you gotta believe
That right here right now, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be"
We believe so much in getting passive feedback about how we are progressing that we forget to do the stuff that matters to ourselves. We in the end believe we are only as good as that job that pays our bills and for our crap, forgetting that we are only happy when we are creative by ourselves or with other people.
Now do you believe that you could do better? be a better person and a better animator? If you push to achieve then you will always get there in the end, no success story is without struggle.
Thank you. Until next time, Happy Animating!