– 63% of the respondents didn’t (At the time of responding) have kids!
– Unsurprisingly having kids takes its tole on extra-curricular creative projects. Nonetheless 40% of mographers with kids still find time outside work to do motion things. Kudos!
– Once kids are on the scene, most motion workers try and get some kind of grip on their hours, but late working is still a regular part of professional life for most.
– We seem to have great partners who by and large tolerate long hours, although patience thins once kids are around.
– And 50% of those with kids said that having kids has made them think about leaving the industry.
I’m not surprised by these stats and would probably expect these numbers to be worse for the VFX industry. It’s one thing to work job to job in a city but when you have to do that on an international level it’s almost impossible with a family.
A colleague mentioned to me how relatives of the same age were getting married and having children. Their parents obviously asked why he wasn’t doing the same and he had to explain how our profession expects us to work project to project in subsidized locations.
The logistics are daunting and while there are those who are able to make it happen, it’s and incredible high-wire act. In the US the problem is also compounded by how expensive health insurance can be for a family when you are in between gigs.
We work in this industry to make a living yet some of us wonder what that really means.