The Spotlight on: Animating Your Career
"Hickner offers simple, straightforward, and sound advice about launching and building a career. These are not empty platitudes: he backs up each idea with anecdotes drawn from his own experiences and explores the all-important qualities of leadership, communication, and motivation that propel any successful career."
"What’s great about Hickner’s tips are that they apply to real situations and they come from someone who knows exactly what he’s talking about, so no fluffy, pie-in-the-sky platitudes here. This is a great one to read while you’re getting serious about kicking your career to the next level."
"His advice is field-tested and worth reading. Hickner’s book is a comprehensive guide to making you valuable to your company as an artist and as a manager."
"Hickner does a fantastic job of incorporating stories, anecdotes and lessons from his career so that they make the principles he’s trying to teach come to life. He doesn’t just tell you what to do, he also shows you how he or others he’s worked with did it. Whatever stage of your career, whether in the animation industry or not, you’ll find a lot of insights in this book, while having a great time reading it."
—THE ROTOSCOPERS - MORGAN STRADLING
"Steve Hickner's ANIMATING YOUR CAREER is a useful lesson in how to play well with others, keep your skills current, and shift gears/careers when necessary."
—NANCY BEIMAN, PROFESSOR OF ANIMATION, SHERIDAN COLLEGE
"Whether you're at the start, middle or even at the end of your career in animation, I would strongly urge you to invest in and take the time to read a copy of this book. All in all, Animating Your Career is an extremely valuable source of practical career lessons and advice."
—ANIMATION WORLD NETWORK – PAUL YOUNGHUSBAND
"Artists starting out today have a great advantage in the form of Animating Your Career. I highly recommend this book and would encourage professionals, students and novices to read it and take Mr. Hickner's advice to heart."
—ANIMATION NATION – CHARLES ZEMBILLAS
OCTOBER 12, 2013
Animation Magazine has featured Animating Your Career in its Books We Love blog. Check it out here!
OCTOBER 2, 2013
"Steve Hickner's informative and user-friendly book "Animating Your Career" is a must-have for animation students about to enter the job market. He has been-there-done-that big time and has garnered valuable work experiences in major studios (such as Disney, Amblimation and Dream Works, among others) as a director, storyboard artist and producer. The book distills his valuable knowledge and solid advice into friendly but serious-minded bullet-points about climbing the ladder to success, adapting to change, working with a team, and how to just-plain hold onto your job. Steve covers a lot of important ground with easy charm and a light touch. But he is a canny mentor with great stories about how one can succeed in today's competitive animation market. Highly recommended!"
—John Canemaker, Academy Award-winning animation director, author, and professor/head of animation at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
An A+ Review from CartoonBrew.com
"Hickner’s book is a comprehensive guide to making you valuable to your company as an artist and as a manager." Click here to read the full review.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
Thanks to Mason Smith at The Rotoscopers for this awesome video review! The Rotoscopers have also done an excellent video interview with Steve, which can be viewed by clicking here.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
Animation Nation reviews Animating Your Career. Click here to check it out!
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
Leonard Maltin has included Animating Your Career on his new and noteable film books at blogs.indiewire.com
Animating Your Career
By Steve Hickner
Published by: Brigantine Media