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Today is Thanksgiving in Canada.
What better day to express the huge gratitude I feel towards everyone around the world who has supported and encouraged me and my vision for empowering animation and visual effects artists in their art and in their careers. We wouldn’t have gotten here without you.
And to all the artists out there, what you do is f’ing awesome. Even if you rarely get the credit you deserve, don’t ever let that stop you doing what you do and don’t ever let go of the passion to entertain, inspire, push boundaries, and keep learning.
The more I learn, the more aware I become of how little I know.
I think that means I’m getting smarter, even though it often feels like the opposite.
“To fill the creative, technical, communication, leadership and other skills gaps that can hold creature and character artists back from achieving their potential as artists and in building fulfilling and rewarding careers.”
At Dynamic Anatomy our mission statement comes in 2 parts. This is the first part, to provide education that empowers professional artists to be even better in all aspects of their work. To teach the things that most schools and employers are not even aware they’re neglecting.
“You can’t have your cake and eat it”
What a fucking stupid saying.
What’s the point of cake if not to eat it? If you have cake and don’t eat it that’s such a waste of cake. If you eat cake when you have none, that’s theft of someone else’s cake.
If you have some cake (real or metaphorical), then I’d suggest you eat it and enjoy it 🙂
By far the biggest challenge for me in creating and launching Dynamic Anatomy has been fear of judgement. I wholeheartedly believe that what I’m trying to do will be of huge value and will shape the future of our industry. However, I’m also very aware, perhaps too aware, that people don’t like change.
The closer I got to launch, the more I found myself procrastinating, delaying, binge watching Netflix. Anything to avoid putting my ideas out there where they could be criticized.
If you also suffer from fear of judgement, know that it is a good thing. It’s a defense mechanism which is there to protect you, and it keeps your standards high. It can also cripple you if you let it.
If you’re reading this then you know I pushed through that discomfort, and I know you can too.
“Almost everything important is at first opposed by stakeholders in the status quo.” Steve Blank.
Human beings are tribal. We may have cars and iPhones, but evolutionarily we’re barely evolved from cavemen. We’re herd animals. We like to fit in and know our place, it gives us a feeling of security and safety.
We also have a strong sense of individuality. Especially for those with strong creative instincts. That creates quite an internal contradiction.
Doing things differently can appeal to our creativity but also trigger fear and insecurity. Innovation comes from leaving the herd, feeling that fear, and pushing ahead anyway. If you’re on your own, that’s individuality. If the herd likes what you’re doing and chooses to follow you, that’s leadership.
There will always be critics and trolls, who shout whenever they see any violation of accepted norms. Because they fear change, they fear being left behind if the herd moves on without them.
Dynamic Anatomy is here to be different. To challenge artificial boundaries that hold artists back from achieving their true potential, and to encourage those brave enough to do the same. That doesn’t happen by staying with the herd.
“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” John Cage.
Whatever it is that you celebrate this time of year, Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, or just overindulgence in booze and chocolates, the Dynamic Anatomy elves wishes you a happy holiday!
We’ll be taking a short break for the requisite feasting and merry-making then will be straight back to our desks, refueled, refreshed and ready to continue preparing some awesome new content for you. Stay tuned for more on that soon…
2018 is going to be an exciting year, I can feel it in my toes. At least, I would feel it in my toes if I could feel my toes. I wonder what the elves put in this punch…
I know a lot about this subject… I need to write more about this… I’ll do it sometime soon…
To all our American friends, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
To all of our artist friends all over the world, we give thanks for what you do. Keep being creative. Keep entertaining. Keep inspiring. Keep pushing boundaries. Keep building bridges between communities. Keep making the world a better, more interesting place. Most of all, just keep being awesome!
“The first draft of anything is shit.” Ernest Hemingway
Unfortunately that was true for our website. It just wasn’t up to the level that we think you deserve, which is why we delayed the launch… for many months. A complete re-think was needed on everything we were doing, but that’s just part of the process. If we hadn’t gone through the shit we would not have reached this point where we’re about to launch something we believe will be of huge value to animation and visual effects professionals around the world.
Stay tuned. It’s coming very soon…