I work as a story artist and facial animation designer at Laika. After graduating high school, I tried and failed to go to CalArts, and thus began wandering North America aimlessly, hawking my drawings to any animation studio that would buy them, in a 15 year odyssey that eventually landed me at my original goal of working on animated features. I do not necessarily recommend this “strategy” to anyone else with this goal. You should probably keep applying to CalArts. I did, however, get to live in a bunch of cities, though, so that was pretty entertaining, which is nice.