How To Make Animation Career In India | Hard Reality Of Animation Explained

Hello friends welcome to Moses universe today's topic is How To Make Animation Career In India | Hard Reality Of Animation Explained.Uncover the insider secrets and expert tips on carving out a thriving animation career in India. From choosing the right education path to honing essential skills and navigating the competitive landscape, this comprehensive guide equips you with the knowledge and strategies to kick start your journey in the dynamic field of animation. Whether you're a novice enthusiast or a seasoned professional seeking advancement, this blog post provides actionable insights to help you succeed in India's vibrant animation industry.
How To Make Animation Career In India | Hard Reality Of Animation Explained

How To Make Animation Career In India | Hard Reality Of Animation Explained

There are two animated films from different countries: "Minions: The Rise of Gru" and "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train." The production budget for the former was $18 million, while the latter had a budget of $15 million. However, in terms of worldwide box office collections, "Minions: The Rise of Gru" earned approximately $914 million, and "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train" earned over $500 million. These two animated movies are proof that animation has a massive audience on a global scale, with millions of viewers, and in India alone, millions of people watch animation.

Among those viewers, some have decided, after watching animations from around the world, that they want to pursue a career in animation.

So, friends, I believe that watching motivational videos can be quite beneficial. Whenever you're feeling down, don't feel like working, or are in a bad mood, just open YouTube and watch some good motivational content. It creates a great environment for working. However, in my opinion, motivational content is not everlasting. At most, it lasts for a day or a week, and that's it. Motivational content can give you a quick boost, but in the long term, the biggest motivation for every person is reality. Either the reality around you or someone else telling you about reality.

So, on my channel, my focus is always on conveying long-term reality rather than giving short-term motivation. Because of this, many people tell me that I demotivate them. But my friend, I don't demotivate you. The truth is that the things I mean you are hardcore reality. Most people in the world don't like hearing reality because it tells them that walking a different path from the crowd is not that easy. Dream big, but also dare to face big obstacles that come with those big dreams.

So, it's simple. I know 3D animation, and with this knowledge, I'll share examples from my personal life to tell you the right approach to an Indian animation career.

In my life, why I chose animation, how I studied it, what I learned about jobs, how I understood the industry—I will talk about all these things in this video. So, try to relate to my story. My life story begins like this: I started drawing in the fourth grade. Then, from the sixth grade to the eighth grade, I did a lot of paintings. From the eighth grade to the tenth grade, I spent a lot of time on art and craft. 
But then came a time in my life after the tenth-grade exams when I had a one-month holiday, and during those holidays, I watched anime. After watching them, by the eleventh grade, I understood that I wanted to pursue animation in life.

After passing the twelfth grade, I joined 3D animation classes, and now here I am, making videos about animation. So, friends, this was my life in a nutshell. The way my life has been, I guarantee that about 90% of animation artists come from a similar background. From childhood, I had a very creative mind, and when I watched animation movies, I realized that this was the path to turning my creativity into a career. And I am 100% sure that this is the reason you want to pursue animation too.

So, after passing the twelfth grade, I was finally in my dream career. All the animation movies, anime, and creative things I had seen in my life—I was finally going to create something like them. I mean, that's what learning animation is all about, right? In my case, I thought that once I got out of school, I would surpass Marvel, create my anime, and who knows what else.

So, the simple point is that initially, my expectations were very high. And I think these are the same expectations you have right now. Don't lie, friends, I know that if you have planned to pursue animation, you currently have at least one or two stories written, two or three movie scripts, and some characters created by you. And with these, you are thinking that once you get into animation, you will create a storm. And look, it's fine; there's nothing wrong with that. Every creative person starts this way because their mind works very fast, and a fast mind creates over hyper expectations. But the only problem with expectations is that they never match reality. And that's exactly what happened in my case too.

I learned 3D animation from a private institute. Today, I won’t tell you the name of that institute, but I will give you a hint: its name consists of four digits. So, friends, I joined the institute. You already know how high my expectations were. However, within the first month of joining the institute, I realized that the education I was receiving was quite basic. Now, look, maybe I had just joined a month ago, so it could be that they were only covering the basics at the start. But then one month turned into two months, and two months turned into two years. By then, my father's hard-earned three lakh rupees had been spent on fees, laptops, and other expenses. Let me tell you, this amount was not a small thing for my family. But in the end, even after spending so much time and money, there wasn’t much more to learn beyond the basics of 3D animation. However, I did understand one thing: if the level of education at India's largest private animation institute was like this, then if you think you can learn to make Disney or Dream Works-level animation films or vibrant Japanese anime while staying in India, it would be your biggest mistake.

I don’t know much about animation colleges, but at least a private Indian animation institute can offer you education from basic to intermediate levels. But yes, one thing they can offer is jobs. So, like any other skill-based education, when my final year of 3D animation arrived, there were many placement opportunities. Now, look, I went to a private institute, and I agree that I didn’t get a very good education there. The things I learned there are available online at a lower price or even for free on YouTube. 
But joining the institute gave me something different: an artistic mindset. Many teachers there had either worked in a production house or a major movie VFX studio. The information and experience I got from such teachers were amazing. Additionally, when you are surrounded by many other creative people—where your friends are artists, your teachers are artists, and you are an artist—the mindset around you is quite enriching. And the best part is that the institute allotted 30 minutes for each student.

And look, friends, the truth is the truth. I didn’t get any money to say this, nor is this video a promotion. But this is 100% reality. Placement offers do come, but the most shocking thing for me was that while we spent three to four Lakh rupees on the course, the starting job offers were between 15,000 to 20,000 rupees at most. And these jobs were in places like Gurgaon, Noida, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.

So, after that placement experience, I realized that the Indian animation industry is not a producer; it’s a service provider. What I had thought, that I would create my show after learning animation, was not going to happen because the entire industry is service-based. The jobs you get here will mostly be in companies that provide services for projects from other countries. So, at the end of the course, the reality, my friend, was that while we did have job offers, almost all of them were at very minimal wages.

All my friends in my batch were shaken. They had spent so much money and time on a three-year course, and when it was finally time to get a job, they ended up in outsourcing companies on minimum wages. Now, two guys from my batch, who had a lot of family money, went abroad—one to London and the other to a top animation film making school in Canada. So, the simple fact is, those who had money left. But for people like me, who only had two options: either forget the dream of an animation career because of the low salary or somehow get a job, gain experience in the industry, make contacts, improve skills, and with time, increase both salary and career opportunities.

Because look, friends, this is also a reality: even though the starting salary in Indian animation is often low, if an artist has the will to learn and the patience to persist, then there is a lot of money for a highly skilled artist in this industry. Want to hear a number as an example? Suppose someone is a master in 3D modeling or 3D sculpting, or an artist has extraordinary 3D lighting skills; in such cases, the salary can easily go from 40,000 to 1 Lakh rupees. Understand this carefully: the Indian animation industry is a service-based industry, and the highest demand here is for highly skilled artists. If you know how to work and have the knowledge, then there is plenty of money to earn.


In the beginning, my expectations were very high. When I thought about making a career in animation, I also thought about bringing my stories and characters to life. I enrolled in a private institute for a 3D animation course, which was quite expensive. But soon, I realized that the things being taught here were very basic compared to the much better content available online or on YouTube for free.

In the initial months, I realized that the education I was getting here was not as good as the content available online for free. Joining the institute gave me an artistic mindset, where I spent time with many creative people. However, despite this, after completing the course, when it came to placement, most of the jobs were offered at very low salaries.

The Indian animation industry is primarily a service provider industry, where there are more service providers than producers. In this industry, salaries are low in the beginning, but if you are skilled and your skills are in demand, then you can get a good salary.

I got a placement offer, but for some reason, I did not take that job. After that, I asked about the scope of the Indian animation industry. I was told that the scope is very vast, but the competition is also very high. Job security here is very low, and to stay in the industry, continuous learning and self-updating are necessary.

This means that while there is scope and jobs in the Indian animation industry, success is not as easy as one might think. If you think you'll quickly do a big project or work at Disney level, you'll need patience and the right plan. This industry is not easy; it requires hard work and dedication to master.

My advice is to have a backup plan along with an animation career, such as pursuing graduation or learning other technical skills. There is a lot of scope in the animation industry, but job security is low. The opportunities to earn money are for those who are constantly ready to improve themselves and face reality.

So, always keep reality in mind while taking any step. Whether it's animation or any other field, reality should not be taken lightly.

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