All the time, and still do! Partly because I feel like there’s so many different tastes out there, and cartoons aren’t always everyone’s cup of tea (especially older people, for some reason), but being in art school especially opens one up to criticisms, from everyone and everywhere (because they know it’s “serious” now and not just a childish dream, now that you’re sinking money and time into this thing). But the more I sink into my dream the more it pays off, and that’s honestly why I keep going! I don’t know where I’d be if I didn’t go to art school, but I know I wouldn’t have any of the opportunities I’m getting from it, nor the ridiculous amount of things that I learn all the time! I’m also interning at an animation studio this summer and not only am I having an amazing time and learning so much, but I would have NEVER got that opportunity if I didn’t have any of the knowledge and skill I got from school, nor if I gave up when people told me I couldn’t make it. And time to time, they still tell me that! But it’s not about ignoring them and just chasing after something. You have to know what you’re going after, and work at it! And it takes a lot of time and hard work and beating yourself up, but that’s how you get better! But once you gain enough skill, dreams happen!
But hey, it’s not easy at all, especially when you’re just starting to work up that dream and the criticism’s at its worst. I’ve been there, and it’s been better since then, but I still face it from time to time so I don’t really know the clear answer for dealing with it. I guess the best thing is that as you fix and work on the things you can’t do, never forget to pride yourself on the things you can. Don’t obsess over criticism when there’s so much you’re good at. And always keep going and practicing and putting yourself out there, because opportunities will find you and things will take off if you’re patient enough.
I know I’m writing so much today but these are really good questions. And I’ve missed you all! Honestly I’ve been so busy but I still have no scanner and no wifi and I’m trying to find a more convenient way to post things, so hopefully soon!