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    Default help please - jack of all trades, master of none

    Maybe you guys can help me out with a little problem I have.

    I graduated university in 2012 from a course called Digital Film & Screen Arts. On this course I did graphic design, VFX, film editing, motion graphics and CGI animation.

    I produced two excellent CGI animations and I have also produced image work.

    Despite my excellent work and excellent grade I left university in a bad mood and didn't make any effort to start a career, instead pressing a different path that didn't really work out.

    Well, almost 2 years later I'm back. I'm going to get myself a lovely new computer system with a big chunky graphics card and lots of ram. I've already started doing a bit of graphic design work making posters for a club night (but my graphic design portfolio is really lacking).

    So I'd like to get a professional job now, but eventually I want to move into having a business that I can work from home making videos/animations/images for clients

    My main skills lie in photoshop, after effects and 3DS Max. But my skills are not specific enough. They are generalised.

    I need to cut some things out and find something specific to master.

    But what will it be? Well thats what I'm unsure of. I'd like the best chance possible to offer my services as a business, but there are plenty of people doing that making VFX videos and animations for advertising ect. What if I specialised in video colour correction? Particle animation? Motion graphics music videos? I'd like to keep using After Effects primarily.

    Or maybe I am just fretting and there's nothing wrong with being someone with generalised skills…

    I think my trouble is that I know very little about the digital video market. I just want to know what skills are sought after.

    thanks for any suggestions. Also could you maybe suggest other forums for me to post this question on.

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    São Paulo - Brazil


    After Effects is a fantastic tool. The problem is that you have a lot of competition, as well as popular websites (like VideoHive), that put animation at reach for everyone and for a very low price. Maybe you can produce and offer your work through the same websites and, at the same time, produce a nice portfolio to present to more professional film producers etc... As you already know, your portfolio is your main bussiness card. And making contacts is the way to present it... Good luck!

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    A true master of After Effects should always hear the phone ringing - Getting your quality stuff acknowldeged on you tube is a good start, then a showreel to TV ads makers.
    My opinions are just that . . . Mine. It's not personal, but is based on my emotional and professional reaction to requested critique. If you choose to ignore constructive comments, I'll just assume you're a vanity poster and not posting to improve your filming and editing skills.

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