Animation is nothing but immersive storytelling using the power of technology. So you either have to be a highly creative visual storyteller or have fantastic grasp over the technology medium that make a story real on screen.
This leads to 2 different roles
- Creative Artist – People who are good at storyboarding, character sketching and overall conceptual fleshing out of story. This is very very difficult
- Technical Artist – People who take the visual story on paper and breathe life into it through technology – 2D/3D, Rigging, Modeling, VFX etc. This requires a solid visualization and computer science background.
Depending on your interest and skills you can decide the area that you are interested in. In either of these areas you need to have a vast portfolio to demonstrate your work, especially creativity.
Here are several interviews of animation professional and their career story
*Can we choose and become experts in two different careers, for example, data scientist along with nutritionist
Data Science is a skill while Nutrition is a domain. Data Science can be applied to any domain that has data so you can make informed decisions.
So if you are interested in becoming a Data Scientist and Nutritionist, you can apply statistical methodologies to nutritional data to uncover new patterns and predict future occurrences related to lifestyle diseases, eating disorders and several other health threats.
There are many colleges offering this combination which is a very hot area.