You grew up with the Pixar classics: “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Inside Out,” “Brave,” or “Up.” Or maybe you were a DreamWorks kid, preferring the goofier “Shrek,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” or “Kung Fu Panda.” Whatever animation style painted a grin on your childhood face, now it’s your turn to bring laughter, adventure, and unforgettable characters to the next generation. To work for Pixar or another of the top animation studios is the aspiring animator’s dream. Who wouldn’t want to perfect their art alongside animation legends like John Lasseter and Pete Docter? But the animation job market is, as one art professor puts it, “Insanely competitive.” As you plan for your formal animation education, how can you give yourself an edge in your quest to work for Pixar or another leading studio? Step one is to choose the right art school. No art school can guarantee you’ll get a job at Pixar (and run the other way if any do), but the right art school will help you immensely.
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