I work as a story artist and facial animation designer at Laika in Portland, OR. Upon receiving my rejection letter from CalArts after high school, I began a 15 year odyssey wandering aimlessly as a self-taught 2D animator, hocking my drawings to any studio that would buy them, in a pinball-like existence that eventually landed me at my original goal, 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 experience bunch of cities, though, so that was pretty entertaining, which is nice.