Looking for a Mentor

 

Get matched with an industry professional who is ready to answer your questions and lead you into a direction of greater success. Arranging a mentorship is as easy as filing out a survey, making a payment, and meeting up with your mentor. If this is your first time working with a mentor, no worries, My Animation Life is here to hold your hand every step of the way!

 

How to Arrange a Mentorship

1. Fill out the Pre-Mentorship Form and email Contact@MyAnimationLife.com with any additional information.

2. We will comb our Mentor database for the best industry professional to assist you. You may also select a mentor from our Featured Mentor list.

3. Once your mentor has been selected, you will be emailed their full bio

Location

A physical location agreed upon by you and the mentor, OR online video chat, OR email correspondence.


Session Mentor: Based on your answers to the questions below, an industry professional will be selected by MAL staff.
Session Cost: Rates fluctuate based on the skill level of the mentor requested. The average cost is $50 per session.

Please email MyAnimationLife@gmail.com with inquiries.

Requirements

  • All correspondences for this session must be Cc’d to MyAnimationLife@gmail.com

  • All correspondences for this session must remain respectful. Avoid the use of profanity, crass language, explicit imagery, or eating while on the phone or on camera.

  • All correspondences with your mentor must cease after this session, unless offered to continue by your mentor. Please do not hint towards or ask for continued correspondence.

  • A survey will be given at the end of your session, please complete it to the best of your ability.


Payments

Your mentorship rate is $50 per hour. You may pay for this session, and future sessions using Google Wallet and the email address MyAnimationLife@gmail.com. Session times may not be split into fractions of an hour. You will be allotted 15 minutes of "flexible time" before an additional hour will be added to your session. An invoice will be generated at the end of each session.

 

Correspondence Tips

  • Before contacting your mentor, research their background to get a feel for their expertise.

  • Start your correspondence with an introduction that states who you are, what your background is, what your goals are (current and long-term), and follow with any questions you would like to have answered during your session.

  • Only ask the questions that are most important to you. Eliminate redundancies, combine and strengthen questions that are similar.

  • Make sure to include links to your work, or attach specific works to your correspondence that you plan on referencing.

  • Test your equipment before your Google Hangout meeting, and learn how it works. You are welcome to chat with me first to run your test.

  • Thank your mentor for the advice they are able to give. The relationship you form with them is important, so make your best impression.

 

Things To Avoid

  • Asking questions that can easily be found with a Google search. For example, What companies are out there? Who is hiring? This includes questions that are very broad, because there are likely several forums with the answer.

  • Asking about potentially confidential information. For example, What happens in the next episode of “[Insert Show Title]”? What is your supervisor’s phone number? What is your company’s script for shoulder shrugs? While asking about a company’s overall process is fine, avoid asking for trade secrets. Your mentor may be under a contract that forbids it.

  • Asking overly personal questions. These questions are often unrelated to your reason for the correspondence and may make your mentor uncomfortable.

  • Using an aggressive or overly negative tone. Remember that you are seeking advice and not counseling. It is fine to focus on pitfalls, but avoid focusing on your emotions.

 

Sample Questions

  • What are some branding opportunities I may be overlooking with my web presence?

  • If you could do it all over again, what are some things you would have done differently to prepare for the move your animation career?

  • What advice would you give to someone with my portfolio for finding work quickly in GA?

  • What resources most positively impacted your animation career?

  • I have attached an image to this email that I feel is my strongest portfolio piece. Could you assess it as if you were an employer of your company?

Maral, I wish you all the success in the world. Please remember to contact me if you have any questions, or would like me to proof read a correspondence.

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