I work as a story artist and facial animation designer at Laika, in Portland, OR. I got rejected from CalArts after high school and began wandering the continent as a self-taught 2D animator hocking my drawings to any studio that would buy them, leading to a pinball-like existence that eventually landed me at my goal, animated features. I do not necessarily recommend this strategy to anyone else with this goal. You should probably keep applying to CalArts. However, I did get to experience bunch of cities, though, so that was pretty entertaining, which is nice.