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November 15, 2010
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Good Advice by TomPreston Good Advice by TomPreston
Iíve been given such great advice over the years... no wonder Iím so happy and content with my life...

When I went to Disney World in Florida and took the back stage animation tour, the tour guide (a real Disney Animator) kept saying how awful it was and telling us horror stories about working there.

A favorite book of mine growing up was the autobiography of Bill Peet, a childrenís book author who worked for a good many years at Disney and helped write 101 Dalmatians, Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book among other accomplishments. But the book is very clear in depicting Disney NOT as the great man heís usually made out to be.

Before going to college I was warned a number of times that going for Art would be challenging and difficult, and I was constantly reminded that working for Disney meant signing away your soul and your personal creations.

When I graduated from college in 2004, the field I got a BFA in wasnít doing so well and in the end Disney did fire all their 2-D animators to try and take on Pixar. Leaving me fresh out of college with a degree I couldnít really use and no job prospects.

There are other reasons of course, but I sometimes wonder if a lot of the reasons why I havenít done more with my life is because my dreams were crushed at such an early age.

Honestly, even if it meant signing away my ďsoul,Ē I donít think I would mind working at Disney now...


So apparently a few people are getting the wrong idea about this comic. I'm not trying to suggest that Disney is bad and that I have received "good advice" in staying AWAY from them. I'm trying to say that by listening to all the negative advice I haven't been able to achieve with my life what I set out to do as a kid and that I'm not as happy as I should be.
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Guski 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
That's sad :( (Sad) Depressed 
thebloodygod Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i stopped drawing because people told me that i would never get any jobs. 
I have not drawn in a long damn time.
I miss drawing
ZellKirby Nov 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Well that's life isn't it? But like everyone here, we all have hopes and dreams we hope to accomplish and half the time without meaning to, we let other people get in the way. Being an animator is definately one of my dreams and it's hard to maintain it because I think I won't amount to anything,  life in general gets in the way. But honestly it just comes down to one thing to keep up your goals. 

Make good art, make it something you like , you never know what will be a hit and who knows, maybe you'll go beyond your initial goal.
Nakomy-Chan Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't care if people say Disney suck as a job I stile love it and wish to be there someday even if it is a pain like day say....but now that am at college it seems I'm not cut up to be an artist for nothing except cute stuff...:iconbedcryplz: 
Now I'm more depressed about college life in general.
BlueAuroraLight Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i would dream of aniimating for Disney, but I heard so many bad things about Disney, that now i don't know, but I still try to accomplish the dream, it would be cool to see you work for them
I have the same dream!
ThomasAnime Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I find this comic similar to the Aesop fable of "The miller, his son and the donkey", and its moral is similar to the fable: If you let everyone's negative opinion of you and what you're doing affect your decision, your life will be ruined.
oOLunariOo Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read that book too about Bill Peet, it was really interesting, and changed my view on disney a lot.
SerenDippityDooDah Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I myself have always wanted to be an animator at Disney!
I don't know if you're reading this, but, it's nice to meet you! lol We have a career ambition in common.
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