ANIMATION LIFE by Agata Zajac
What is animation? Lot of people which I met in my animation life think that going for animation is like going for a holiday, doing nothing and just spend time with sun, beach, pool and parties. Persons who think like that will change their mind very fast or coming home after few weeks.
When somebody ask me “What is animation?” I answer immediately that animation is not a job – is a lifestyle! If you just feel this job, it can be the best job in the world. This job is hard, not just in physical part (rehearsal, sport, fitness, a lot of hours, etc.), but also psychical (different nationalities in team, different cultures, a lot of nationalities in the hotel, new experiences, etc.).
So if you want to be an animator, be ready for hard work 6 days per week. Remember that you are working! Don’t think that conditions of your life will be like a guest in 5 star hotel. Usually animation team lives in staff house which can be inside or outside the hotel. Of course we can’t forget about a lot of things which are behind the job: there are a lot of things which are making it even more special.
For example you have the opportunity to meet people almost from every country around the world. Sometimes you can keep in touch even when they come back home. I visited a lot of families after my season in their countries. You can visit a lot of places because you can work in different destinations, that give you a chance to travel even more.
For me, the most important thing in animation is when I see the smile on the faces of my guests, when kids run to me just to hug me or give me high five, when in their last day people say “thank you”, “you make our holiday better” and “you are the best animation team we ever met”, when people cry when they have to say goodbye, when you get the pictures of their holiday by e-mail.
All of this things make ANIMATION. Sometimes people ask me “Where do you take this energy?”, “Which kind of stuff do you take?” etc. Well, we take energy from smile of our guests, from happiness around us, from sea breeze and even from sun, which sometimes is already too hot for us. You take power, smile, energy and you can wake up just to do this job, just to see happy people around you.
Because animators are persons who really like what they do. Because our job it’s our life.