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.
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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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