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Why Every 3D Game Animator Needs to Go Freelance

ben marvazi 2020

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If you're a 3D game animator, then you know that this is one of the most popular and in-demand jobs in gaming. The demand for quality graphics has never been higher and people are willing to pay top dollar for great work. It's also a fun job because you get to create characters and tell stories through animation.

But what if you could turn your passion into a full-time career? That's why it's so important that you become an independent contractor instead of relying on someone else for your paycheck each month. In this article, we'll discuss why going freelance can be such an attractive option for animators like yourself who are looking to make more money doing what they love most: creating awesome characters!

Freelance 3D Game Animators Are in Demand

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The gaming world is expanding and it's a gamer's paradise for 3D animators. With more people playing games than ever before, the demand for top-notch gaming animators is at an all-time high. That means if you're ready to take the leap and start your own animator empire, the opportunities are endless and the skies are the limit!

3D Game Animators: You Are Your Own Boss

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Being your own boss is a huge advantage. You can work from home and set your own hours, which means that you'll have more time to spend with family and friends. You can also choose the projects that interest you most, so if there's something new coming out in gaming technology (or even just a new game), then this would be perfect for an animator like yourself!

You might not always find work immediately when starting out as a freelance 3D artist; however, once people see how talented and dedicated you are at what you do, they will be able to see how valuable of an asset this makes them become on any team they join next time around.

3D Game Animators: Get Paid For Doing What You Love

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When you work for someone else, there are always limitations. Maybe the project is boring or the hours are too long and the pay isn't enough. The list goes on and on but at least when you're freelancing, you have more control over what type of work you do and how much money you make doing it.

When most 3D game animators first start their careers, they work for several companies that assign them projects that oftentimes don't interest them at all! Sometimes these projects can take months to complete because they are so complicated or boring (or both). But as 3D game animators go freelance full-time, they get to choose which jobs interest them most and they are often the ones where they can use their creativity in unexpected ways!

3D Game Animators: Set Your Own Hours

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There are many benefits to being a freelancer but a major perk is being able to set your own hours. Work as much or as little as you want, take time off whenever you want and even choose to work in the evenings or on weekends if that's what suits your schedule!

3D Game Animators: Work From Any Location

3D game animators: can work from any location such as this girl working in a coffee shop

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As a freelance 3D game animator, you can work from anywhere. You don't need to be in an office or coworking space to do your job. If you have a home office and want to keep it that way, that's fine! Or maybe your favorite coffee shop has free wifi and workspaces where they let freelancers hang out for hours on end (I've heard such places exist).

Or maybe there's no better place than being outside in the sunshine with sand between your toes while working on 3D game animation projects - and if so, then go ahead and take advantage of those beaches while they're still around!

3D Game Animators: Choose Your Own Projects

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GIF via Ubisoft by GIPHY

Say goodbye to boring boss assignments and hello to total project freedom! As a freelance 3D game animator, you get to choose your own adventures and work on them to your heart's content. If a client turns out to be a party pooper or just doesn't appreciate your genius, then they'll have to say goodbye to your amazing animating skills.

This freedom to choose means you're the boss of your time and your bank account, making every day a choose-your-own-adventure kind of day!

3D Game Animators: Start With Very Little Overhead Costs

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As a freelance 3D game animator, you don't need much in the way of equipment or software. You can get started with just your laptop and an internet connection.

The only thing that might be holding you back from starting your own freelancing business as an animator is a lack of experience and knowledge about how to work with different types of clients.

Freelance 3D Game Animator Rates

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As a freelance 3D game animator, you are in charge of your own schedule and can choose the projects that interest you. This means that you can set your own rates and decide how much money to make. 

You may be able to make more money than a regular employee because there are fewer expenses involved (no office space or equipment costs).

Freelancing is A Great Option for a 3D Game Animator

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As a 3D game animator, freelancing is a great option. You can work from home and on your own schedule, which means you'll have more time with friends and family while still making money! Plus, as an independent contractor, you get to choose the clients that are right for you - and only take on projects in fields that interest or excite you.

The best part? Freelance 3D game animators can use any software they want (including Maya), which makes it easier than ever before for artists to find jobs on their own terms.

In conclusion, freelance 3D game animators are in high demand and have many benefits. If you're interested in becoming a freelancer or would like more information about how to do so, 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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