Giving up is hard to doWhen someone asks me what I did on New Years Eve, I have to admit that I spent that entire weekend working on my Animation Mentor revisions. Yes, sad but true that instead of partying the night away I opted to work on my animation practice. And this lead to me think about what other sorts of things I've given up in order to persue this art.
For one there are the weekends, for me I would rather spend my weekends getting in the extra practice time. If that is what is going to make my animation assignment better then that is what I need to do. And yes this does include waking up at 6am on Saturdays and Sundays. Since our homework is due Sundays it became necesssary for me to restructure my weekly workload to get the most out of my assignments, this included giving up most of my weekend.
And thinking back to this summer, when I cancelled an entire European vacation that I was planning on taking. I had been planning the trip for months, which included meeting up with a friend and a cousin on different legs of the vacation to England and Greece. The trip unfourtunately landed smack dab in the middle of Class 2 Body Mechanics, and I realized there was no way I could miss 2 weeks of school and be able to catch up. I was struggling pretty badly at the beggining of AM and needed all the practice time I could get. So unfourtunately for me and my vacation mates, I had to cancel the trip.
But oddly enough I never regretted any of theese decisions to give up my time to the persuit of learning. I knew that I neeeded to give it my best shot, that I would need to sacrifice to have a chance to learn. Animation is such a hard artform to learn and even though I am only at the beginning of my education, I already know there will be tons more hard work in the future, and I am willing to do that.