Ep.113: Kenny Anderson on how to start your art career

Hey, guys! In this episode, I am chatting with Kenny Anderson, a character designer, illustrator, and animator. He worked on the Oscar-nominated film “The Illusionist” in 2010 and with companies, such as BBC Ceebeebies, and Disney Interactive.

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Key Takeaways

“Enjoy what you are doing first, everything else will fall into place!”

  • Kenny always wanted to be an animator and he was obsessed with animation. He played a lot of games as a kid but figured that working in games is much better than playing them
  • He wishes he has taken a business course at Uni or even high school. He always wanted to work on his own, so learning about taxes, getting the grips with the government, tax return, invoices, expenses, etc. is very important. Kenny advises not to get scared of it, there are a lot of free courses on how to start freelancing in the UK
  • Kenny says if you run your own art business, you need to think about the cash flow very early on. Don’t spend lot of cash, only bare minimum and once you turn profits, you can think of investing in things that will move you forward

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Special thanks to Kenny for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Kenny Anderson, used with permission

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