So, I'm not attending school this year by Rooibos

I wasn't able to gather sufficient funds and aid in time to make it to Sheridan this year, unfortunately. So, I'm stuck here again this year. Needless to say, I'll be applying next year with a lot more knowledge and time to prepare. I'll also be applying to more than just one school (dumb thing not to do in the first place lol). Sheridan is still my dream school, so I'm trying to remain optimistic and determined. Not gonna lie though, this has been quite a hit for me. I'm having a hard time lifting myself back up, but life goes on right??

Either way, commissions continue to be open! My queue is dwindling down pretty quickly. I have a lot of art goals for the summer and the rest of the year, so I have that to push me forward. I'd also love to make some dolls again soon.

So yeah! Huge, huge thanks to those who have supported me emotionally and financially. ♥ Gonna keep on moving forward and hope that things go more smoothly next time around.

So, I'm not attending school this year

Rooibos

9 June 2014 at 14:12:52 MDT

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    Life does go on and as you mentioned it is best to remain optimistic. I would think of it as this is life letting you prepare more financially so when you do get to go you won't be scrambling so much for money. This way you can also set some money goals.. like a set amount to have set back for each month or something.

    You're a really good artist. I can see your commission spots selling fast. I wish could even just sell one, lol. So I can see you reaching your goals a bit easier now that you don't have a short deadline looming over your head. :)

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      You have an excellent point, the deadline was killing me for a while. I really, really appreciate your advice and support. I am glad to have extra time to sort my life out haha.

      and your work is super cute! You have a wonderful sense of shape. Best of luck with your commission slots as well! ♥

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        Thank you! Extra time in life is always a great thing! :)

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    Best of luck to you! Hang in there :)

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      Thank you very much! UvU

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    Life most definitely goes on, and reapplying for Dundee year after year is something I'm planning to do; as every local school people have encouraged me to go didn't get the most glowing of reviews, while Dundee Animation Department is what I'd consider the dream degree. Likewise I'd look at their event calender and turn up to things that are open to the public and gauge your interest. This is actually how I got into the Vocational College here was by introducing myself to the Administrator and giving a good impression.

    Its easier to demonstrate enthusiasm in person than on the application form, which they said they'd look for once I've submitted it.

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      This is really good advice, thank you! I really wish I could go see the college easily (I live in Florida and the school is Toronto). I think it certainly would have helped me get answers. The difference between being able to walk into the financial aid office at the community college I went to and trying to CALL the office on the phone was immense.

      Maybe by some crazy chance, I can manage to visit the school within the next year though. Maybe take a tour and introduce myself to the administration and teachers.

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    Augh, seriously? I'm sorry, kale :c
    Just as a sort of something you may already know - along with building the portfolio for school you should try and build a professional one as well and try to get it out there even without school! Missing the credentials while trying for a real art job may hurt and may be more difficult I but it never hurts to put it out there along side the fact you're still looking to learn deeper. Perhaps you'd get a couple professional opinions even!
    Those patterns you do (commission or otherwise) are cool and very good for a portfolio! You should make some of generic things (monsters, dinos, animals of any sort) and it would be a great addition, even at the very least show that you know that kind of thing... maybe go to a fabric shop if you gotta and see what they have to offer/ study patterns that have been accepted. Cards, animation, idk, whatever you're into, research! You WILL learn about it in school, so you may as well get what you can now. Get books if you have to, read em in a bookstore or go to the library, FREE INFO yeah? idk, maybe this isn't useful, maybe it's silly, but it neverrrr hurts (or maybe it does, I never tried, I suppose... but it seems, in the art world, being ambitious, or appearing so is good).

    of course all of that could be BUNK/BOGUS, because I can't give any hard and true answers, as I'm too afraid to do it all myself.... but it's what I've HEARD and it never hurts to try.
    sorry eckh

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      dang I can't delete my original comment, ignore it I don't know what I'm saying pfft

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        oh my goodness, don't be that way! I really appreciate what you have to say and you actually have a lot of really valid points. Stuff I didn't think of, for sure.

        I will definitely put together a professional portfolio. I don't have a whole lot of confidence in myself, but there's definitely no harm in trying! I definitely want to make more patterns and use my strengths to make more things that I can sell (shirts too, etc). You're definitely right about the books too. Ren and I have a couple of animation books and stuff and there's not really a point to saving them for school or anything like that. If anything, it'll give us both a leg up to know how everything works before we get there.

        IDK I found what you had to say really inspiring! You've always been such a good, supportive friend. You have no idea how much I appreciate that. ♥

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    Sorry to hear that. Chin up though. You're a great artist, and I'm sure you'll make it next year :)

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      Aw, thank you buddy! I really appreciate that. Here's hoping~

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    That sucks I'm sorry to hear that. I really love your work and I was definitely cheering you on. But, I gotta echo what others said and keep at it. Your talented, but even better your work ethic is solid, and you're wonderful to work with. That's a trifecta of awesome right there.

    I gotta hop off of what Ricket said and say if you're looking into doing more pattern work, look into licensing fairs. They're essentially big vendor fairs where companies scout for patterns (like textile patterns). I'm not super familiar with them, and I can assume they could be pricey to attend, but they could be a great outlet for you.

    And if you ever want some critique on a piece, or portfolio line up or a WIP, feel free to send it my way. I'd be happy to be a fresh set of eyes. But best of luck with your work! I'm excited to see what you make!

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      Thank you so much for your support, I really appreciate it. ♥

      I will look into that! I'm interested in looking into anything at this point that will help me progress and, hopefully, make money while I do it.

      and I may just hit you up for that! Having more people to look at my portfolio before I send it in would definitely be helpful.

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        No worries, anytime. <3

        Yes definitely! Send me things anytime- my inbox is always open you you have my email. ;3

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    Hit up your local community college and take some basic courses. You can usually get enough aide to cover most of your tuition and expenses; and if your GPA is high enough you may qualify for more aide a year from now to attend your dream college.

    I got 22 credit hours over the last school year and I think I spent $60 on tuition after grants. I bought my books used from amazon for a few hundred dollars.

    Just a thought...

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      I appreciate the thought, but I've done exactly that! Unfortunately, they wanted to set me up for 4 years of math classes when I was in for a 2 year art degree, so I couldn't do it anymore. Furthermore, a lot of art colleges won't accept transferred credits, even if they happen to be for the same kind of classes they offer.

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    Awww, what a bummer. I know how much this means to you but this doesn't mean it's the end!! Finances are tough to deal with especially for college (ugh) so the more time you have to save and improve beforehand means fewer loans to handle later. Interest rates on loans are totally uncool these days.

    I agree with a lot of what everyone else is saying. Also keep an eye out for scholarships definitely. My friend wrote a few essays and was granted $3000 this year from some of her applications. You could get a head-start and teach yourself some animation in the meantime.

    In any case you have what it takes to succeed--you're obviously very driven to have gotten this far--so don't give up! You'll make it; it'll just take some time :)

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      A huge thanks for your support, it means a lot to me. ♥ I'll definitely be working hard to learn more about, well, everything this year. Scholarships are tricky, but I'm sure I can find some that apply to me.

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    Awwww I'm so sorry to hear that! I'm currently studying at Sheridan and I just want to tell you one thing concerning your comment about only applying to one school. You don't have to worry about the application process because I guarantee you that you already have way past the level to get in Sheridan ♥ You'd just need to follow the directions for the portfolio and you'd get in for sure, and I'd love to even advise you on it if you want =>

    Another thing I have to say, if you want to have Sheridan quality teachings this year (Even probably superior ones) I HIGHLY suggest you take online classes on http://www.studio-technique.com/ with Samantha Youssef! She is an ex Disney animator, Sheridan Student AND she is the first person that not only trained me in art but also that got me ready to apply to Sheridan in the first place! Her classes are very similar to Sheridan's and she is extremely nice and devoted. But most important of all, wayyyyyyy cheaper than the price for an international student at Sheridan must be!

    I hope this helps you =>

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      My apologies for being super slow to reply to this!

      Thank you SO much for this resource, I will definitely be looking into these classes tonight. I would also love to trade Skype usernames if you'd be up for a chat about the portfolio sometime! It was so kind and thoughtful for you to reach out to me and I really, really appreciate your kind words and support. It means the world to me, thank you very much!

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        Aww you are very welcome! My skype is LuniqueKero and I'd love to help you out with whatever questions you have about StudioTechnique or Portfolio =>

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    Oh man, Sheridan's international fee's were through the roof last I checked.. Gosh man, sorry to hear about your current situation. Keeping my fingers crossed that things get better for you soon.

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      Thank you so much for the support, I really appreciate it! <3