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Stop Observing and Start Practicing: 4 Ways to Level Up Your Animation Skills

Stop Observing and Start Practicing: 4 Ways to Level Up Your Animation Skills

Posted Feb 19th, 2017 in Animation, Learning

Are you a learning junkie? I know I am. I could fill half my schedule with learning new tools and techniques in animation. A few years back, I enrolled in animation bootcamp with School of Motion. This was a huge eye opener for me. I realized I only need a computer, after effects and good internet connection to learn motion graphics. But with quality learning, there is a price tag. And although I value the bootcamps and online courses, there are times I need to be creative with learning. Me

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Creating a Niche for you Animation Biz - Part 2: How to Create a Niche

Creating a Niche for you Animation Biz - Part 2: How to Create a Niche

Posted Jan 28th, 2017 in Process & Development, Freelance Tips

In the previous post we discussed the “why” of niching down your creative services. Today, let’s discuss the more practical side of specializing what you do. Let’s look at how you can find your niche and build a successful business. Your niche is an intersection between your passion, your expertise and a market need. This intersection is your “sweet spot” and is going to take some work to discover. And here’s another truth: this "niching" process never ends.

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Creating a Niche for you Animation Biz - Part 1: Why You Need to Cut Your List of 20 Services

Creating a Niche for you Animation Biz - Part 1: Why You Need to Cut Your List of 20 Services

Posted Jan 7th, 2017 in Working with Clients, Freelance Tips

When I started freelancing 5 years ago, I pretty much did everything wrong the first few times around. Actually, things haven’t changed all that much when it comes to screwing up. I still make tons of mistakes and flip flop around when it comes to growing a studio business. But one thing I managed to learn well was the whole idea of “niching down” my services. Over and over again, I heard the same thing from successful creative freelancers. Specializing in one area is the best way to grow your

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What I Learned in 5 Years of Freelancing in Animation

What I Learned in 5 Years of Freelancing in Animation

Posted Dec 21st, 2016 in Process & Development, Animation, Freelance Tips

This year in particular I’m feeling rather reflective. 2016 marks my 5th year of running a creative business. This milestone has caused me to stop and think about how far I’ve come. I’ve learned a ton about business, animation and myself. In this post, I’d like to share a few of the biggest lessons learned from freelancing my animation services for the last 5 years.

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Best Tools For Animation Project Organization

Best Tools For Animation Project Organization

Posted Nov 26th, 2016 in Process & Development, Working with Clients, Freelance Tips

A huge part of creating a successful animated video is project management. This involves building systems, schedules and regular communication with clients. The good news is there are many tools out there to help us stay organized and in touch. Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time (and money) trying out various apps, systems and tools. All in the effort to keep my project management in check. Below are my top picks - the tools that I’m currently using the most to keep my projects on track

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Top 5 Tips to Find, Audition and Hire Top Notch Voice Talent for Your Next Animated Video

Top 5 Tips to Find, Audition and Hire Top Notch Voice Talent for Your Next Animated Video

Posted Nov 5th, 2016 in Process & Development, Client Talk, Freelance Tips

Getting a professional, high quality voiceover is a critical part of a successful animated promotional video. But it may seem intimidating if you don’t know where to start - which is why I’m sharing some tips I’ve learned over the past few years about working with top notch voice talent.

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5 Essential Metrics to Ensure Success for your Animated Video

5 Essential Metrics to Ensure Success for your Animated Video

Posted Oct 7th, 2016 in Client Talk

So, you’re about to embark on your first animated video project - how exciting! But how clear is your vision of success? How will you know if your video is truly successful?

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How to Define and Connect with your Audience so your Explainer Video makes an Impact

How to Define and Connect with your Audience so your Explainer Video makes an Impact

Posted Sep 24th, 2016 in Process & Development, Client Talk

Defining your audience is the most crucial step when planning out your explainer video. Everything from the script to design, to voice over hinges on this piece of knowledge. So, before we dive into production, let’s clarify the process of finding and connecting with your audience

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How to Define a Clear Goal for your Next Animated Video

How to Define a Clear Goal for your Next Animated Video

Posted Aug 27th, 2016 in Process & Development, Client Talk

when it comes to producing your video marketing - you may be feeling like you want to “wing it”, but I’m here to tell you, that’s a bad idea. You’ve got a lot of money, time and resources invested in this project. Do not take that risk. With video marketing taking over the internet these days, it’s easy to get excited about the idea of producing your own video. But before you hire a studio or freelancer to launch your amazing new marketing project, stop and take some time to plan out your stra

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Critical Elements of a Successful 3D Graphics Map

Critical Elements of a Successful 3D Graphics Map

Posted Aug 6th, 2016 in News, Process & Development, Client Talk

A successful 3D graphic map must deliver more than just a “wow, that’s cool” factor. Like all communication design, it must be clear, accurate and pleasing to the eye. In order to achieve this result, I have found there are some key steps that each map must follow. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through each step.

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