Part two of my Q+A responses! Thanks again for the great questions and remember, these are just my opinions.
• What kind of schooling would I need to do what you do? The short answer to just start animating on your own. If you can animate well, you are hirable. Many animators didn’t study animation in school. I went to Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, and it was a great route for me to take. Being surrounded by enthusiasm for animation and exposing myself to all facets of the industry helped point me in the direction of stop-motion animation. (from @pollopepita)
• How did you get into Laika? In college I made a short film called The Arctic Circle (arctic.kevinparry.tv). I posted it online and it made its way to the recruiters at Laika. (from @sheclueless)
• How do you feel about listening to music while animating? If I’m animating a dialogue shot, I won’t listen to music. If I’m animating a shot that doesn’t have audio, I’ll usually listen to music or podcasts. As the saying goes, “Animation is concentration,” and you just need to do whatever gets you into your flow. (from @johnny_stover)
• What stop-motion inspired you to start animating yourself? Not exactly stop-motion, but the 90’s TV show Movie Magic, Looney Tunes, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Matrix all had a huge influence on me to pursue film and animation. (from @nikoleta.pante.xiii)
• Did you do stop-motion as a kid? Oddly enough, I never did any stop-motion animation as a kid! It wasn’t until my early 20’s, in college, that I attempted any stop-motion animation. As a kid, I made a lot of fake blood and monster makeup. If you’re in your teens and animating, you’re well ahead of me! (from @gerri.irreg)
• What are some different routes into the animation industry? Sometimes you just need to make your own luck. I got my first job in stop-motion by responding to a non-animation job posting. I emailed the company and said something like, “This has nothing to do with the position you posted, but here’s my film and I want to be an animator at your studio.” (from @little.lucy.things)