How do I get started with Whiteboard animation?”
I’ve get this question all the time
So, I’ll take my time to explain as simply as I can…
I once got in a rickety bus headed to Odeda LGA, it was CDS day.
That day my phone had plans, it had decided to leave me (perhaps it felt abused).
I went out with it, but it chose not to go back with me.
The ‘real’ owner took it back
It was a tattered phone anyway, but it still beats me that anyone would steal it…
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We’ll talk about this some other day
Well, this was my new situation
I WAS PHONELESS!!!
Around that time, I had discovered an animation software which I found really fascinating…
I got it, started practicing, paid for courses, watched loads of Youtube videos, paid a private tutor too..
I practiced HARD (I still do anyway). I setup an IG account where I posted videos I made.
NO PHONE. NEW SKILL. NO IDEA HOW TO MONETIZE.
By now you already can imagine what my next concern was, can you?
“How can I monetize?”
I needed a new phone badly at this point, and the plan was to get one using my newly acquired skill.
I GOT MY FIRST JOB…
But it was free.
I created a FREE campaign video for a friend, and he loved it…
The video was everywhere too.
Months later, I got a call from a senior colleague!
It was a referral from my first free job
“Chinedu, can you make a video for us?
How much do you charge?”
I had never charged anyone for this, I stuttered a little, by the time I got my composure back, I told him I was going to get back to him…
“I’m stuck in traffic, Sir”
The traffic was in my head this time
You know what I did?
I researched online.
Boy!! The figures I saw drove me crazy!!! I was sitting on a gold mine!
First job got me more than half the cost of the phone I planned to buy 🙂
It was the jump I needed… It was gasoline to my fire
Since then, I have got several jobs, held several online classes, taught live audiences too.
And I have found ways to simplify the process.
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I have attained Mastery…
And I’ll reveal some of my processes to you,
But first, if you’re wondering how to get started,
* There are many options out there. Look for packages with the easiest learning curve, so you don’t get frustrated early.
My mentor Lorens taught me this
* Don’t be cheap about learning.
If you intend to use this as just a hobby, then Youtube is enough…
Otherwise, pay for courses, they are usually more organised and detailed, plus you can easily adopt the facilitator as a mentor.
It’s like one of my older friends told me when I wanted to get my first dog…
“Guy don’t play small, get quality”. that’s the same advice I’ll give you
* Do free jobs to build your portfolio, but don’t be afraid to charge for your work too. Gather testimonials
* Once you start gettting known, increase your fee. Charge higher and don’t flinch.
Impress your customers, and gather testimonials.
Here’s the sweet part…
DON’T BE CHEAP.
Yeah, I yelled aloud.
Remember you invested heavily in this too.
* You’re a MASTER now. You have paid the price.
Now pay it forward.
Organise paid classes.
Help interested people.
NO you don’t have to do it for free, just make sure you’re giving people value for their money.
* Improve on your skill (don’t be a local champion).
Keep improving, exlpore other forms of animation.
Learn complimentary skills, that will make you stand out.
Wriiten by Onwuka Chinedu Kester
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