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Creating a Successful Cartoon Business as an Animator

ben marvazi 2020

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Hello, fellow cartoon animators! Are you ready to discover a world beyond SpongeBob and Tom & Jerry? 

If you're a cartoon animator or want to become a cartoon animator and create a successful cartoon business then, get ready to be blown away because the world of cartoons is so much more than just entertaining children!

From creating animated ads to shaping political campaigns, the opportunities are endless. And the best part? You can make a good living off of your love of animation! With your skillset, there's a whole world of possibilities out there for you to explore. So grab your drawing tablet, put on your creative hat, and let's dive into the exciting world of animation!

Pick the Right Niche For Your Cartoon Business

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The first step to creating a successful cartoon business is to pick the right niche. This can be difficult, as there are many factors that go into it. You need to find something that you're passionate about and marketable in, but also growing in popularity so there's room for new competitors.

The best way to find this out is by doing research on social media platforms like Reddit or Quora, where people tend to ask questions about their favorite niches and what works well within them--and why! If there are already dozens of people making money from this particular niche, then chances are good that there's still room for more success stories like yours (as long as they're willing).

Build Relationships with Others in the Industry

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If you want to build a successful cartoon business as an animator, you must build relationships with others in the industry. The best way to do this is by networking at events and conferences where other animators will be present.

If you're not sure where to start looking for these events, start by searching online or asking around at local colleges or art schools. You can also use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook as well as YouTube channels that feature animations from all over the world!

Once you've found some potential conferences/events where there are likely going to be lots of other artists who share similar interests (and hopefully even some connections), try making contact with them before arriving at the said event so that when it comes time for introductions - both parties already know each other's names! This helps build trust right off the bat; which makes everything easier moving forward down future roadways together.

Start Blogging for Your Cartoon Business

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Blogging is an essential part of any successful business, and it's especially important for animators. Blogging allows you to share your knowledge with other people who may be interested in starting their own cartoon business or even just learning how to draw cartoons. 

You can also use blogging as a way to promote your work and build up a following on your website or social media page. The best part about blogging is you can also convert prospects into clients by including call-to-action buttons in your blog posts!

Blogging doesn't have to be complicated; to start, all you need is good AI writing tools, some basic HTML skills, knowledge of what you want to write about, and an internet connection!

Cartoon Business Advantage: Diversify Your Skill Set

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The best way to market yourself is by diversifying your skill set. This means that you need to find new ways of making money from your skills, and also find new niches or audiences that you can market yourself towards.

For example, if you're an animator who specializes in CGI work but also has some drawing skills, then consider branching out into making comics! You could create a series of short stories about characters from your previous animations and sell them on Amazon as eBooks or even print copies through Lulu. 

Another option would be to start creating online courses about how people could learn how to create their own cartoons using animation software like Maya or Blender--the possibilities are endless here!

Start a Podcast About Your Cartoon Business

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A podcast is a digital audio file that you can create so others can stream or download and listen to it on their computers, phones, or tablets. They're a great way to reach new people and share your knowledge with them in an entertaining format that they'll enjoy.

Podcasts are also a great way to build your brand and cartoon business because it allows you to connect with fans who love what you do without being in the same room as them. 

Podcasts also help sell products! If someone likes what they hear while listening through an episode of your podcast, you could include a quick line of where they can find more content that you have created for example, on your website.

Adding podcasts to your cartoon business is a great way to build your brand as an animator, connect with fans and sell products. They're also fun to make and can be used as a tool for self-promotion or even just to learn something new.

Write a Book or E-Book Related To Your Cartoon Business

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It's no secret that books are an excellent way to promote your business and brand, especially if they're related to your work as an animator. You can write one on anything from how to draw cartoons, to how animation works behind the scenes (or both). This will help you build up credibility in your field and show potential clients that you know what you're talking about.

If writing isn't really your thing but you still want to create something tangible for people who are interested in learning more about cartooning, consider creating an e-book instead! Ebooks are easier than ever before because there are so many platforms available today like Amazon KDP where anyone can publish their own book without having any prior experience with writing or publishing at all!

If you’re an animator looking for more creative outlets, considering writing a book or ebook on cartooning is a great way to do this. Not only will it help build your credibility in the field, but it will also give you something tangible to show potential clients when they're looking for someone who can create cartoons for their brand.

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Become a YouTube Star For Your Cartoon Business

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YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, and it's an excellent platform for building your brand and growing your audience. You can make money from YouTube with ads and sponsorships, but even if you don't monetize your channel at all, there are still many benefits to having one.

A YouTube channel allows you to build relationships with other people in your industry or area of interest--whether they're fans or potential clients--by giving them regular access to what goes on inside your head (and heart).

If you want to promote your cartoon business while also showing off some of the work that led up to it (i.e., cartoon animation practice clips), then creating a series of videos could be very beneficial for both parties involved!

You can also use YouTube to build your brand by posting behind-the-scenes videos from projects you've worked on or even just sharing "making of" clips that show how you created a cartoon animation. If someone wants to learn about the creative process and see where it all starts (as opposed to just seeing finished products), then this is a great opportunity for them!

Host a Workshop or Seminar Series

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Hosting a workshop or seminar series is an excellent way to create some buzz around your cartoon business. You can use this opportunity to connect with other animators and share your expertise, or even teach people how to draw cartoons themselves.

How do you host a workshop or seminar series? Think about the skills that would benefit your audience most, whether it's basic animation techniques like character design or more advanced skills like storyboarding and animating with Flash. 

If possible, try hosting at least one class per week so that people have time to sign up in advance--this will help keep attendance high!

Once you've created an outline for all of the classes in your series (and made sure everyone knows about them!), start promoting them on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook where potential students may be lurking around waiting for something interesting like this! 

Make sure any promotional materials include details about each session along with prices so potential participants know exactly what they're getting into before signing up; nothing kills interest faster than being surprised by hidden fees later down the road!

Follow These Tips To Create A Successful Cartoon Business

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Well, there you have it folks! Following these tips can help you turn your passion for cartooning into a successful business venture. Remember, diversifying your skills and building relationships with others in the industry can go a long way. And if all else fails, why not try your hand at creating content like podcasts or YouTube videos? Who knows, it could be the next big thing! So go forth, create, and keep on cartooning!

For more information about how to get clients on LinkedIn, as well as answers to any other questions you might have, be sure to follow our blogs, check out our free masterclass, and our Animation Business Accelerator Program, download a copy of our free marketing handbook, and check out our blog on “How to Start an Animation Studio”!

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