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7 Questions to Ask Yourself to Find Your Animation Niche

Finding your animation niche is not an easy task. If you’re just starting out your animation career or looking to get as many animation clients as you possibly can, finding your niche can be even more difficult. However, carving out a place for yourself in the industry is the best way to not only make […]

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16 YouTube Animators You Should Follow

Becoming a great animator takes years of work, experience, and inspiration to master. A great source of inspiration for your animation career videos is learning from the best animators on YouTube. Some of the YouTube animators that we feature in this blog post upload their own drawing tutorials and animation projects. In their YouTube animation […]

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7 Reasons Why You Need Live Chat for Your Animation Website

Everyone has a website these days. Whether you’re an individual with a blog or a business that needs to draw in new clients, having a website is imperative in this day and age. Despite the prevalence of well-designed sites, many people who make and commission websites aren’t aware of the importance and benefits of having […]

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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Website Designer for Your Animation Website

If you have a website for your animation website, you know that the aesthetics and function of your website make a strong first impression about your services -- whether it be a good impression or a bad one. You should make your website look appealing if you want to promote your animation services in an […]

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10 Best Proposal Software Solutions for Animators

Writing proposals as an animator can be time-consuming and, even worse, BORING. Being a visually creative person, you would probably rather spend your time working on your animation projects over making a bunch of proposals that might not even lead to an actual project. We get it!  For many years, people would always use Microsoft […]

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How Animators Can Develop a Unique Selling Proposition in 6 Easy Steps

With so many skilled and experienced designers, artists, and animators using great animation software in the world today, there’s more competition than ever. That’s why you will need a Unique Selling Proposition (USP) as an animator. A unique selling proposition helps you define your unique place in the animation industry. It’s what you show and […]

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5 Ways Animators Can Set SMART Goals

Working on a new animation project, whether it’s an explainer video, short film, advertisement, or even a passion project, can seem overwhelming and tough to finish. Here’s the thing: if you want to reach your goal, you need to set objectives. Without goals, you will feel lost and not have a sense of fulfillment as […]

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10 Best Website Builders for Animators

Are you looking for a website builder that you can use to showcase your animation work? We’ve got you covered. You’ll find all the best website building sites right here. Website builders work wonders for freelancers, artists, bloggers, creative professionals, and more who don’t have the budget to hire someone to develop a website for […]

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9 Steps to Creating Your Ideal Animator Lifestyle

Everyone has their ideal lifestyle. Whether it’s far from the way you currently live or well within reach, you probably have an ideal lifestyle, too. The way you live now as an animator, as a friend, or as a family member is a reflection of all your choices and efforts in the past, and your […]

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20 Tips For Your Animation Website

A website is an essential part of your freelance animation business. Your website is responsible for expanding people’s awareness of your animation services and getting you animation clients.  Whether you’ve never made an animation website or you already have one but want to start fresh, this article will help put you on the right path […]

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How Being a Better Actor Helps You Become a Better Animator

As an animator, your job is to give your animated characters believable movements that your audience will understand. Your characters shouldn’t just move; they should have a certain way of thinking as well as a unique personality. If you want to get better at animating your characters, you should first learn about acting. In this […]

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14 Questions to Ask Your Animation Clients

You’ve got the animation skills, you know the technical side of the business inside and out… Becoming an animator should be a breeze, right? While having the technical skill and know-how certainly puts you on the right track to becoming a professional animator, things might get trickier when you are faced with managing the expectations […]

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10 Ways to Render Your Animation Quicker

Does this sound familiar? You’ve been on a roll, animating up a storm, and nothing could slow you down! Except… rendering. Waiting for your projects to render can be frustrating, but it is a necessary step for you to finish your animation project. Unfortunately, there are many things that can slow down your rendering process, […]

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6 Ways to Avoid Over-Animating Scenes

Too much of a good thing is never good, especially in animation. Over-animation is excessive animation that animators put into in a scene. When animators over-animate, they give a character or an object unnecessary movements that ruin the animation’s purpose. This is a common problem for animators. In the pursuit of the best animation possible, […]

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8 Tips To Speed Up Your Animation Time

They’re every professional animator’s enemy: deadlines. Though they always seem to come too soon, deadlines are a necessary part of the business. This means that animators frequently have to speed up their animation times and submit their animated videos to clients as soon as possible. Sometimes, marketing agencies, advertising agencies, animation studios, and businesses need […]

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9 Effective SEO Hacks to Improve Your Google Ranking as an Animator

If you want to succeed in an online business, you need to know your SEO. Understanding how SEO works and using it properly will help drive traffic to your website and increase brand awareness as well as conversions. To do this, you’ll need to observe and emulate what your competitors are currently doing with SEO, […]

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11 Strategies For Finding Animation Clients on LinkedIn for Free

Are you struggling to find more clients for your animation business? If you are a freelance animator and have no idea where to start searching for clients, LinkedIn can help you – for free. With more than 350 million members, LinkedIn is a huge, business-centered social media platform. On LinkedIn, you can connect with other […]

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Benefits of Using Loom For Animation Client Communication

Communicating with a client is an everyday thing for animators. Since most of the work an animator like yourself does take place online, most of your communication is centered around devices such as your phone, laptop, desktop computer, or tablet, via various applications.  Even before your client commissions your service, communication is already happening. After […]

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10 Tools For Collecting Payments From Animation Clients

There’s a very important part of freelancing or owning your own business that many people never talk about: collecting payment! Thankfully, today there are so many different options to choose from when it comes to online payment solutions for your transactions with your animation clients. Each of these solutions have unique features such as analytics, […]

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9 Effective Ways to Get Animation Clients on Facebook for Free

Do you use social media platforms like Facebook to connect with friends and family? It turns out that social media can also be a great place to connect with clients! You can promote your animation business and find new clients all from the social media platforms you most likely already use. Is it really effective, […]

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5 Reasons Why Animators Should Keep Drawing

The internet is filled with questions like: “Is drawing really important for animation?” Many aspiring animators want to know if they can animate without great drawing skills. In a previous blog post, we talked about “4 Steps to Make Your Bad Drawing Work for You as an Animator". In this blog post, we won’t tell […]

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5 Tips for Animators Who Want to Be Digital Nomads (and an Extra Tip for Your Success)

To be a digital nomad means to live a life on the road or sometimes, on a beach. Instead of being in a place because of work, the world is your place, and you bring your work along with you.  The Rise of Digital Nomads  The workplace has evolved at an outstanding pace through the […]

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Top 15 Dos and Don'ts for Freelance Animators

Whether you’re new to the world of freelance animation or not, there will always be basic principles that you should remember to do and not do to please animation studios, businesses, marketing agencies, advertising agencies, etc. Below are the top 15 dos and don’ts for freelance animators. Dos of Freelance Animation 1) Do Prepare Your […]

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6 Common Animation Mistakes Animators Should Avoid

Making mistakes is an inevitable part of life. Students, teachers, people in the workforce… it doesn’t matter who you are; we all make mistakes. Some of them can have a negligible impact on your life or work, but there are other mistakes that can impact your life both inside and out of your job. Whether […]

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9 Differences Between Freelance and On-Staff Animation Work

As an animator, there are many ways you can be employed. You can work on-staff with a company, or you can freelance, and there are many different types of freelancing! All these options can be confusing, so here, we’ve summarized 9 differences between freelance and on-staff animation work, so you can decide which path best […]

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15 Animation Books Every Animator Should Read

If you were to ask experienced animators which book they consider the number one must-have for up-and-coming animators, they would most likely have different opinions. That’s because there are so many great animation books out there breaching all the topics an animator could ever need. From 3D animation, 2D animation, motion graphics, and more, there […]

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6 Project Management Tools for Your Animation Projects

More and more businesses are hiring agencies and freelance animators to work on animated videos. That’s because animated videos are one of the most effective ways to inform and persuade customers in a very simple, but still entertaining, way. Agencies and animators should have a fixed process of planning, organizing, and working together if they […]

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Top 8 Mistakes When Hiring a Web Designer for Your Animation Website

If you’ve decided to hire a website designer for your animation website, it’s essential to hire the best designer. A well-designed website can help you promote your animation services, establish a robust online presence, and get more clients. However, some businesses and employers don’t know where to hire, whom to hire, and how to hire. […]

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Top 11 Business Books Every Animator Should Read

In the world today, animation is everywhere from films and television shows to advertisements, video games, and all over the internet. Since animation is a thriving field, you as an animator should be thriving too! However, since there is more need than ever for animation, there are more up-and-coming animators than ever ready to step […]

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How to Build a Powerful Landing Page for Your Animation Website

Creating a portfolio or animation website is an excellent (and necessary) step towards establishing an online presence as an animator. If you really want to generate leads and increase sales, though, you will need to create a powerful landing page. First thing’s first: what is a landing page? Your landing page is the first page […]

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8 Tips For Attracting Animation Clients with Google Ads

Google ads are a great way to promote your animation services. Google, after all, is the most popular search engine, dominating more than 72% of users worldwide. It also has different advertising options that will fit any business goal – including yours! Not only will Google ads allow you to reach more people, but they […]

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13 Tips For Getting Animation Clients Using Facebook Ads

When you’re running a freelance animation business, you have to take advantage of all the ways you can get animation clients both offline and online. One of the most important platforms you can use to promote yourself is Facebook. Facebook is not just a place to keep up with your friends from college anymore. Now, […]

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Top 25 Animation Blogs Worth Checking Out

The animation industry is filled with so many top-notch animators who are constantly putting out great material and unique characters. Sometimes, though, even they run out of inspiration. To stay inspired and keep up with the most recent trends in the field of animation, artists should  constantly be learning from books, videos, online courses, seminars, […]

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4 Steps to Make Your Bad Drawing Work for You as an Animator

No doubt, drawing helps a person understand the foundations of animation. After all, animation developed from hand-drawn illustrations. Furthermore, drawing helps animators easily bring their conceptualized characters into being.  Some 2D animators have a knack for drawing, but not all do! In fact some animators are famous despite, and sometimes because of, their “bad” drawing […]

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8 Tips for Animators to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Have you ever felt like you’re not a good animator, no matter how many times you have been praised? Have you worried that other people view you as a copy-cat or unoriginal? This feeling is called impostor syndrome, and it can happen to anyone. If you regularly doubt yourself, get easily disappointed when you don’t […]

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8 Best Websites for Freelance Animators to Find Work

Disclaimer: We don't recommend finding work and clients on some of the marketplaces listed here due to high competition, low-quality clients, commissions deducted from your pay, not being able to grow your own brand, unstable source of income, etc. With that said, in Animation Accelerator we have figured out a unique strategy that will help […]

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15 Animators You Should Follow on Instagram for Inspiration

New animation trends and concepts are developed almost every day. Within the industry, there’s a lot of competition with other talented animators, so you need to create unique animations that differentiate you. Seek inspiration from great animators. Use that inspiration to practice more animation styles that you enjoy and think your clients will like. The […]

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7 Ways to Ask For and Use Testimonials to Grow Your Animation Business

Making your animation clients happy and exceeding their expectations are the best ways to promote yourself as an animator. If you make your client happy, you may be able to gather useful testimonials. Testimonials make you and your animation skills look more valuable and trustworthy.  82% of consumers read reviews online to find businesses they […]

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9 Ways Animators Can Overcome Creative Block

Creative block happens to everyone from designers to animators. Sometimes you may feel like your world has stopped because of your temporary lull in creativity. Luckily, you’re not the only one going through this. Many top artists have suffered from creative blocks and were able to get through them. You will get through your block […]

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8 Tips for Writing an Animation Project Proposal

With a project proposal, you present a solution to a problem your potential client has defined, the budget for the project, the ideal timeline, and other relevant information. Animation project proposals are usually agreed on and signed after several conversations between you and your client. It may seem unnecessary and frustrating to write an animation […]

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Top 6 Tips for Starting a Freelance Animation Business

Freelance animation is an exciting and challenging career. As an animator, there are so many areas you can experiment and specialize in, including 2D animation, 3D animation, whiteboard animation, motion graphics, storyboarding, and more. Before you fully dive into being a freelance animator, there are some points you have to remember. Here are our top […]

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What Every Animator Can Learn From the Top Animation Studios of All Time

The most influential and famous animation studios in the world have created many movies. If you are wondering about the history of top animation studios and are looking for some tips on how to manage your own animation studio in the future, then this blog post is for you. Walt Disney Animation Studios Image from […]

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Everything to Know Before Becoming a Freelance Animator

Being a freelance animator can seem like a dream job for some people. You get to be your own boss, you control your working hours, and you can work from home. However, there are also challenges that animators might face while being self-employed.  If you want to know more about the daily life of a […]

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14 Best 2D and 3D Animation Software

Just because you’re an animator, you don’t always have to dish out hundreds of dollars just to buy software and practice your animation skills. There are some free software options, which are used by many 2D and 3D professional animators. To help guide you as you practice with and explore software, here is a list […]

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How to Negotiate the Highest Freelance Animation Rates Clients Will Pay

Many animators have a hard time deciding how to price their services and also complain that their clients pay them poorly.  Take the wheel of your animation career and learn how to price your services and negotiate properly.  But don’t worry, you don’t have to do it alone. We’ve prepared 7 tips to help you […]

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4 Tools Every Animator Should Own

More and more artists, including animators, are moving from traditional art to digital art. Digital animation makes sketching, coloring, painting, masking, etc. easier, compared to traditional animation. In order to create digital art, physical tools such as a graphics tablet, a PC, and a stylus make the experience much more effective, and great software is […]

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Top 7 Time Management Tips for Animators

Almost all animators struggle with time management. The time within a day is limited, and you probably have a whole host of other responsibilities on your plate, outside of managing your animation work. But knowing how to properly manage your tasks within a given time will help ensure you complete your work by deadlines and […]

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