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The Steps

So unti-unti nang nagkakaron ng linaw ang gusto kong mangyari sa career ko. Ngayon, gusto kong mag-focus sa animation. Admittedly, kaya ako nagka-interes sa kanya kasi nakita ko lang sa iba and of course, ang cool makapag-trabaho sa isang studio na gumagawa ng mga animated films. Yun talaga yung unang motivation. Feeling ko hindi naman ako nagiisa.

Pero ngayon gusto kong mag-go deeper than that. Siguro kaya ako nalo-lost kasi naka-focus ako masyado dun sa glorious feeling pag nakapasok ako sa isang studio. Yun agad yung naiisip ko eh wala pa nga akong napapatunayan. Tsaka hindi sya magandang basis in the long run. Kelangan ko muna syang gustuhin talaga for what it is. Good and bad. Kasi for sure stressful yung trabaho and sobrang competitive.

So ngayon nakakaisip na ko ng mga concrete first steps plus yung ideal mindset ko going forward with it:

  • Watch behind the scenes kung anong nangyayari sa isang animation studio (understand the different pipelines, the workflow and really appreciate what they’re trying to create)
  • After understanding the different pipelines, choose 1 or 2 areas of focus. You have to choose kahit mukang cool lahat! Saka ka na magbranch out pag na-master mo na yung iba
  • Find online resources to learn your chosen areas and apply “deep work” (currently reading Cal Newport’s book Deep Work). Be thankful that you have the privilege to do this in the first place. Don’t waste time.
  • While doing all this, keep in mind that the primary reason why you’re doing this is because you’re a creative person and that you’re curious. That’s it and that’s true. Stop distracting your mind. Just do your thing and do good work (reread the book Big Magic to be reminded of this)
  • Share your best work and don’t think too much about how people will receive it. Remember that you’re primarily doing this for your own pleasure’s sake. If something good comes out of it, that’s just a bonus.
  • Lastly, prioritize your physical and mental well-being. Because you can’t do all these if you’re frail and don’t know how to cope with stresses of life.

Let’s see what happens!

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