I work as a story artist and 2D animator at LAIKA. After graduating high school and failing to get into CalArts, I managed to somehow find work in animation and began wandering aimlessly, from my hometown of Portland, to Vancouver BC, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, back to SF, and back to LA again, hawking my drawings to any studio that would buy them, in a pinball-like existence that eventually landed me at my 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 until you get in. However, I did get to experience a bunch of cities, though, so that was pretty entertaining, which is nice.