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TGIAA: Thank God I'm An Animator

This week marks the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, and to celebrate we’re going to dive further into the “life” end of tips and tricks. But it still relates to animation so read on!

When you make animation your career (or even just your hobby) you may find yourself working long hours and doing a lot of the same thing over and over. Passion will help fuel that train onward, but in honor of Thanksgiving here’s a little reminder for you the next time you’re mindlessly going about your art-filled day:

100 years ago, animation was still in its infancy. Innovators like Émile Cohl and Winsor McCay were giving birth to a new form of media the likes of which the human race had never seen.

Gertie the Dinosaur

Today you are able to flip a switch and illuminate a magical box that makes creating animation extremely user friendly. So as you get into your normal routine this week, remember just how blessed we are to live in a time when animation is within the grasp of nearly everyone, not just a brilliant, daring few. Had we lived in the early days of animation, we might never even SEE it, let alone create it!

And while you’re at it, chalk up a quick list in your head of the other things you have to be thankful for in your life today. It only takes a minute, and there are plenty of studies to show that the simple act of being thankful can dramatically improve your mood, your work, and your life.

Now get out there and do some great animation!

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