In an age in which computers do the majority of the work, there has been a recent surge in the popularity of classic, hand-drawn animation. However, whether the subject is hand-drawn cartoons or ultra-sophisticated computer animation, there are few career fields that carry the same benefits, personally and professionally, as being an animator.
One of the biggest benefits of being an animator is the chance for personal expression through your work. While you may have to work within the confines of a script, you're allowed to add your own personal touch to each and every visual aspect of the world.
If you are animating your own cartoon, you have full creative freedom to do whatever you desire.
Many of the greatest creative teams of all time met after they were hired to work on a particular project. These partnerships can last a lifetime, but at the very least, one can help you get your foot in the door for bigger and better opportunities.
If you are working on your own project, you're given the rare chance to set your own hours for your job. Whether you want to work at 2 p.m. or 3 a.m., the choice really is yours.
In addition to the creative freedom to draw whatever you wish, you will find that being an animator is a uniquely challenging job that will require you to flex your brain and constantly push yourself to be more and more creative with your art.