I work as a story artist and 2D animator at Laika Entertainment in Portland, OR. After high school, I failed to get into CalArts, and so began wandering aimlessly, from Portland to Vancouver BC, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, hawking my drawings to any animation studio that would buy them, in a pinball-like existence that eventually landed me at my original goal of someday working in animated features. I do not necessarily recommend this “strategy” to anyone else with this goal. You should probably keep applying to CalArts until you get in. However, I did get to experience a bunch of cities, though, so that was pretty entertaining, which is nice.