Also, a little reality-check…
Hundreds of thousands (at least) of kids just like you “Saw Shrek,” and now either dream of doing the same thing with their own computers, or at least of going to work for DreamWorks and the other guys. (Hint: it’s always those same firms!)
CG-animator wannabees are the 21st century’s version of the “hopeful Hollywood starlet.” Lots of good-looks and talent, no experience, and no clue. Twenty bezillion people all wasting their time competing for the same twenty jobs.
The actual world of CG animation is very broad with all kinds of possible projects. Within your own home town, whereever that is, you can find something. It might be working for a lawyer or an ad-agency. It might well consist of doing what seems to be an insignificant part of a much larger, collaborative project that no one will ever buy a $6 movie-ticket to see. You might never, in your entire lifetime, work for Jeffrey Katzenberg, Peter Jackson, or George Lucas! But you can always find enjoyable, fulfilling work.
Swallow a triple-dose of humility, be prepared to work as part of a team, and find “anywhere but DreamWorks” to send your resume, and you will have instantly distinguished yourself from hundreds of thousands of starlets. Demonstrate an understanding of what your potential employer actually needs, and show how you can fill that need, and you’re suddenly fairly unique.
And you’ll get paid, by someone for something, soon enough. Not because you have incredibly unique talent, but because you packaged, marketed, and sold yourself well.
Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) liked to use the analogy of two shoe salesmen who were dispatched to South America to explore possibilities there. Each one wired back…
COMING HOME NEXT BOAT X NO ONE HERE WEARS SHOES XX
MARVELOUS OPPORTUNITY X SEND ALL YOU HAVE BY NEXT BOAT X NO ONE HERE WEARS SHOES XX
Salesmanship, pure and simple. Everyone thinks the world owes them a job. Question is, “do you have an effing clue what problems I actually face, and what I need to buy, and do you sell it?” Yes, job searching is a sales process: your services are the product. Results go to the resourceful and prepared.