Storytelling and acting skills are very important to an animator. I'm still amazed that after drawing all my life, I don't draw at all at work. Instead, I'm given a puppet in the computer and my job is to pull the strings and make it come to life.
After years of animating, doing it on a daily basis, there will come a time when you are not always thinking of the principles of animation. They will all be there in your back pocket ready to pull out at any given time. All that is left is 'what kind of actor are you?'
Guest blogger Aaron Hartline