Now, yes, I know... all of this seems pretty obvious... and simple. Kind of like a soccer coach telling you that you need to kick the ball in order to score a goal. But when you face all the complexities, bugs, scary user manuals, and everything else that makes you want to pack your bags running, you need to remind yourself of this constantly.
Tip #3: Tutorials, Demos, Blogs, etc...
What if someone came up to you and asked, "Hey, you know everything about 3D right?" My guess that you'll either say "Nahhh not really" or something sarcastic like, "Oh yeah, I just figured everything out yesterday." Deep down, you know that, of course, you don't know everything about 3D. (The exception could be if you're Ed Catmull... he probably did know everything about 3D at one point). So why is it that so many 3D artists, new or old, don't watch tutorials? Let me put it this way, if you're not watching tutorials, checking out the latest demos, or doing anything to gather more information about the subject, your actions are basically saying this: "I know everything I need to know about 3D , and there's no point in me trying to grow anymore." So here's my advice: Always search for what you don't already know. And if you think that you already know everything that you need at this point, then cut the ego because it's holding you back.
Even if are complacent with the skills you have for your job, (or whatever bag of tricks you've figured out for yourself), that doesn't mean you've reached your full potential. Plus, you also risk being antiquated by those who are humble enough to continually seek more knowledge. So, if you're a new 3D artist, search for new knowledge every day, and don't ever stop. Think about your skills in 3D like a tiny little plant right now. Tutorials are your water. This is probably one of the most important things you can do to achieve your goals and enjoy every stage of being an artist along the way.
Tip #4: Dive Into the Deep End!
Consider something exciting for a second: You are most likely your worst critic! Why is that exciting? Well, that also means that you have more potential than you actually realize. Have this impossible idea of a project in your head? Want to learn this application even though it isn't currently supported by your studio? Want to learn how to code but never went to school for it? Just do it. You can't fail in the long-run so long as you learn, and I've found that every time I placed myself into a situation that I thought was impossible, I somehow figured it out and grew stronger than I thought was possible. So go ahead, take "risks" and grow even faster.
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