Dude how in the hell did you get a job in the cartoon industry with no prior art education or experience? Because when I read that CalArts post I felt my soul being ripped out of my body because it gave me a since that my dream was dead before it even began. So when I read your addition to the post, it gave me hope again, and I really want to know how you accomplish entering to cartoon industry?
Tbh it was a result of several years of sharing my art and getting it out there, establishing connections, and being a decent person to everyone I possibly can! That said my current situation is extremely rare, but not impossible!
A less vague answer: Kyle, the show runner, directly approached me for the job. I had helped him out with his personal projects at times in the past and had established connections years before the proposal. He’s a cool dude.
So yeah, don’t lose hope! Just keep sharing your work, improve your skills, make friends with everyone, and continue being a good person!!! I can’t guarantee results, but you’ll have a MUCH greater chance of an opportunity popping up if you keep yourself busy and involved with the online art community, as well as work well with people thru collabs, trades, group projects, etc.
Also, SHARE YOUR WORK.
PUT IT OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE TO SEE.
Just do everything you can to better yourself personally and keep that same level of energy and positivity until something eventually does happen. The important thing is to keep at it. ^^