Watch Neil Gaiman’s keynote at The Digital Minds Conference 2013, QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, London - 14th April 2013.
You could say this is an unsettling time in the animation industry (or many industries, for that matter). Large studios are laying off great quantities of staff due to budget concerns; vast portions of animation work are outsourced to other countries; visual effects are struggling to be openly recognized for their labor; and the future of American 2D feature animation feels somewhat grim. The job stability that large studios used to provide has taken a downward turn in recent years, and the question we are all asking is – how do I adapt? How can I stand out amidst this sea of people just like me, looking for work, and make a living for myself? And in that pursuit, what if I fail?
Neil Gaiman, famed writer of such works as American Gods, Coraline, Good Omens, and The Sandman series, thoughtfully presents his experiences on what it’s been like adapting to the digitalization of the book industry at the 2013 Digital Minds Conference. Providing examples from his punk-rock youth through his time as a young author up to his recent experiences exploring the artistic boundaries of Twitter, Gaiman reassures that while digitalization has been the death of many things, it has also provided immeasurable opportunities for artistic expression that were unthinkable back in the day. This is a time where anything goes, becoming independent, and putting things out there to see what takes. We must allow ourselves to become like dandelions, not fearing failure, but instead embracing the possibilities open to us amidst this ever-changing environment.
Enjoy the video, and have an inspiring weekend!
P.S. Interested in reading Neil Gaiman’s books? Check out this link: http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/neil-gaiman