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posted by Aroop Dwivedi on May 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I did my Bachelor of commerce in 1997 and then went to Hyderabad to pursue a course in animation film making from a well-known institute, well - all was not as expected and I did not even stay around to finish the entire course. Subsequently, I joined an organization in Gujrat as an Animator, my first salary was meagre Rs 5600 but I was happy cause I was enjoying my work. Things changed within an year and I moved back to Hyderabad for a little better salary yet the workload increased exponentially. But I did not mind that as I loved my job, and secondly I was assisting international folders for which my skills were inadequate and hence I used to work triple shifts to get the scene right - something that I can do in an hours time today. Then I joined another company and took a good raise this time, my work has improved, the HR of the company was very kind and I took 20 per cent appraisal every year... and was still doing the same quantum of work. The company stopped making profit and then they fired me. I was replaced by 3 junior animators. Simple economics – my pay outgrew the value of my work in the market.

I sat at home for 6 months, sold stuff to survive, worked on my showreel, made a short film and joined another company eventually in less than half the salary - but it was okay, cause I was enjoying my work.

Today 13 years from the time I started my career in animation, I look back and I realize I am perhaps the least paid person in my peer group, but that’s all right, I love animating and most of the organizations that I joined have been kind enough to give me a free hand and I still love what I do. I have a family that I love and they are okay with me drawing smaller pay package as they are far more concerned about me being happy. In all these years, I have not bought a house; I drive a pre-owned car and have been saving up for last 6 years to make my own animation film.
You know why? It is because I love what I do. And tomorrow If lose my job, I will still be in the business of animation.

 My life is navigated by the choices I make and not by the success and failure of any industry. I have lots of friends in animation industry who are doing really well and then they are friends who are between jobs. But we have all been there at some point of time or the other and we have understood and accepted the way this industry works, so we don't complain cause we have grown wiser, perhaps more tolerant and astute too with time. Once in a while when we meet we crack few self-deprecating jokes and laugh at ourselves , over a beer (oh yes beer has to be there..!!)

We watch out for each other and try to help each other out when a friend is in need, not because we are friends but because we have faith in each others set of skills and this is very important as none of us has any iota of self pity. Positivity is infectious.

But industry or no industry – 13 years ago drawing was my hobby, today I get paid for pursuing my passion and tomorrow even if I don’t have a job I will still be drawing. There is nothing else in this world that I want to do. 

PS: The last statement is incorrect- I want to learn to paint!!:-)

About the Author:

Aroop Dwivedi is an animator with 13 years of experience in Indian Animation Industry out of which last 6 years he has been teaching animation to the up and coming breed of animators in India.

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posted by Nishta Gupta on January 18, 2013 at 06:11 pm

As a child, I had a dream – of a career that I grew up to believe would be my passion. It was never to be. How many of us actually become the career that we dream of? There are so many unseen pressures – from society, family, and friends – that influences our eventual decision in the journey of building a career. Finally, it ends up as a a 9/6 job. Resigned to fate, a woman 'chooses' to give up completely on her dream to become a homemaker. The blame game can be posted on the employer – or maybe your family. But when you suffer those landmark choices of life – you are by yourself. All alone.


I would like to believe that we work in an office on an average of at least 8 hours a day. To top it up, there will be a two-hour travel from/to work. This sums up to 10 hours per day. This means we are merely existing to work on something that we don’t enjoy, or are suffocated with, and in some cases maybe even hate deeply. Let’s take this analysis further. We work till the age of sixty which is the government approved age of retirement. By the time we retire, we have lost youth and time. So we are carrying the rut, rust, and baggage of a frustrating job into the prime of our life.


The rust is so sticky that no matter how hard you try – it simply sticks on. The first stepping stone is realization – of a broken dream and you have to follow it up with patience, positivism, and perseverance. You can move the roadblock only inch by inch. Most of the dreams crash within the frames of our own mind. The child is conditioned to believe the right/wrong and doable/non-doable – for instance – you need to look good to be an actor. Well, Dustin Hoffman and Charlie Chaplin are famous Hollywood actors who are admired for the craft of acting that they endorse. And they were not first time lucky – but had to build it up block by block.


I find some very heavy weight inspiration in Chetan Bhagat who was a banker before turning into an author. He risked it – and is now a popular Indian author. We normally tend to shy away from the risks due to fear of failure. Face the fear of failure with a ‘so what’ approach. Get up and try again. Ranbir Kapoor enjoys his craft. I envy him – deeply and sorely for getting paid in bags for just following the love of his life – acting.  He has earned it with some smart hard work after his first few films bombed at the box office. 


No time is too late. No excuses. Now or Never. As they say, it’s showtime folks. Chase your dreams and work it up large – kingsize!


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