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SCHOOL FOUNDER/TEACHER, IN-DEPTH: Traditional Animation Is A Dying Field

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Greg is the co-founder and teacher at the Digital Monkey School. The school specializes in digital arts and creating games. Greg goes into detail about what he likes and dislikes about his job, key career decisions he made, the difficulty of getting a job in his industry and his work-life balance.

Job Title: School Founder/Teacher
Employer: Digital Monkey School

Job Summary: Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Job Description

Middle school teachers educate students, most of whom are in sixth through eighth grades. They help students build on the fundamentals they learned in elementary school and prepare them for the more difficult lessons they will learn in high school.

On-the-Job Training

short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed, or certified, as it is frequently referred to. Those who teach in private schools are not usually required to be licensed.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$35,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Seasonal, Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Leadership ability, Patience, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Creativity, Detail oriented, People skills, Public speaking ability

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m='16040'>hands.</span> <span m='17840'>So</span> <span m='18150'>and</span> <span m='18270'>you</span> <span m='18480'>are</span> <span m='18590'>your</span> <span m='18740'>own</span> <span m='18840'>boss,</span> <span m='19180'>which</span> <span m='19420'>means</span> <span m='20560'>that</span> <span m='21730'>you</span> <span m='22090'>kind</span> <span m='22360'>of</span> <span m='23540'>human</span> <span m='23950'>resource</span> <span m='24390'>yourself.</span> </p><p><span m='25160'>So</span> <span m='26950'>it's</span> <span m='27170'>important</span> <span m='27790'>to</span> <span m='30080'>take</span> <span m='30260'>a</span> <span m='30330'>break</span> <span m='30710'>sometimes,</span> <span m='31330'>because</span> <span m='31680'>it's</span> <span m='31900'>easy</span> <span m='32259'>to</span> <span m='32400'>kind</span> <span m='32600'>of</span> <span m='32670'>get</span> <span m='32830'>carried</span> <span m='33090'>away.</span> <span m='34380'>When</span> <span m='34650'>you</span> <span m='35545'>are</span> <span m='36010'>running</span> <span m='36250'>your own</span> <span m='36430'>business,</span> <span m='36790'>I</span> <span m='36890'>think</span> <span m='37120'>it's</span> <span m='39150'>a</span> <span m='41230'>common</span> <span m='41490'>problem</span> <span m='41800'>for</span> <span m='42000'>a</span> <span m='42040'>lot</span> <span m='42210'>of</span> <span m='42280'>people</span> <span m='43090'>who</span> <span m='43390'>are</span> <span m='44490'>in</span> <span m='44600'>charge of</span> <span m='44930'>their own</span> <span m='45060'>companies.</span> <span m='45630'>They</span> <span m='47120'>have</span> <span m='47280'>a</span> <span m='47390'>tendency</span> <span m='47610'>to</span> <span m='47750'>overwork.</span> <span m='48610'>But,</span> <span m='49065'>yes.</span> <span m='50400'>I</span> <span m='50490'>guess</span> <span m='50700'>that's</span> <span m='50940'>the</span> <span m='51060'>only</span> <span m='51160'>downside.</span> </p><p><span m='52400'>Just</span> <span m='52670'>my</span> <span m='52830'>approach</span> <span m='53290'>to</span> <span m='53390'>my</span> <span m='53530'>career,</span> <span m='54130'>which</span> <span m='54310'>is</span> <span m='57170'>ability</span> <span m='57600'>to</span> <span m='57730'>compromise</span> <span m='59450'>and</span> <span m='59560'>ability</span> <span m='59900'>to</span> <span m='60000'>be</span> <span m='60130'>flexible.</span> <span m='61440'>So,</span> <span m='63970'>as</span> <span m='64080'>I</span> <span m='64160'>said,</span> <span m='66070'>my</span> <span m='67920'>background</span> <span m='68380'>is</span> <span m='68510'>fine</span> <span m='68750'>art</span> <span m='68930'>and</span> <span m='69220'>traditional</span> <span m='69670'>animation.</span> <span m='70730'>And</span> <span m='73110'>when</span> <span m='73300'>I</span> <span m='73380'>realized</span> <span m='73980'>that</span> <span m='74880'>fine</span> <span m='75190'>art</span> <span m='75760'>and</span> <span m='77180'>traditional</span> <span m='77570'>animation,</span> <span m='77920'>as</span> <span m='78010'>well,</span> <span m='78450'>are</span> <span m='78880'>dying</span> <span m='81440'>fields,</span> <span m='82380'>so</span> <span m='82610'>instead</span> <span m='82740'>of</span> <span m='82980'>holding</span> <span m='83290'>onto</span> <span m='83660'>it,</span> <span m='85820'>when</span> <span m='86090'>the</span> <span m='86350'>opportunity</span> <span m='86540'>presented</span> <span m='86950'>itself</span> <span m='87800'>for</span> <span m='88000'>me</span> <span m='88200'>to</span> <span m='89710'>change</span> <span m='90030'>direction,</span> <span m='90550'>I</span> <span m='90780'>took</span> <span m='90960'>it,</span> <span m='92200'>embraced</span> <span m='92970'>it.</span> <span m='93690'>I've</span> <span m='94110'>never</span> <span m='94270'>looked</span> <span m='94510'>back.</span> <span m='94850'>So</span> <span m='95170'>being</span> <span m='95420'>flexible,</span> <span m='96040'>I</span> <span m='96140'>think,</span> <span m='96240'>is</span> <span m='96350'>very</span> <span m='96530'>important</span> <span m='97150'>or,</span> <span m='97420'>at</span> <span m='97690'>least,</span> <span m='98670'>was</span> <span m='98890'>important</span> <span m='99550'>to</span> <span m='100060'>my</span> <span m='100190'>career,</span> <span m='101290'>not</span> <span m='101620'>being</span> <span m='102710'>stubborn</span> <span m='103370'>and</span> <span m='103590'>try</span> <span m='103820'>to</span> <span m='104050'>squeeze</span> <span m='105280'>water</span> <span m='105550'>from</span> <span m='105740'>the</span> <span m='105890'>stone,</span> <span m='107280'>but</span> <span m='107430'>instead,</span> <span m='107640'>actually</span> <span m='107960'>trying</span> <span m='108150'>to</span> <span m='108200'>find</span> <span m='109050'>another</span> <span m='110640'>valid</span> <span m='111720'>career</span> <span m='112030'>path.</span> </p><p><span m='112950'>When</span> <span m='113120'>I</span> <span m='113370'>was</span> <span m='113520'>teaching</span> <span m='113850'>at</span> <span m='113910'>the</span> <span m='114020'>Academy,</span> <span m='115690'>the</span> <span m='115810'>advice</span> <span m='116260'>I</span> <span m='116300'>was</span> <span m='116500'>giving</span> <span m='116730'>to</span> <span m='116820'>my</span> <span m='116960'>students</span> <span m='117920'>was</span> <span m='119260'>be</span> <span m='119790'>open</span> <span m='120270'>to</span> <span m='122800'>the</span> <span m='122920'>path</span> <span m='123390'>of</span> <span m='123600'>starting</span> <span m='124030'>your</span> <span m='124140'>own</span> <span m='124250'>business</span> <span m='125160'>as</span> <span m='125300'>much</span> <span m='125800'>as</span> <span m='126810'>path</span> <span m='127210'>of</span> <span m='127960'>working</span> <span m='128870'>at</span> <span m='128949'>somebody</span> <span m='129310'>else's</span> <span m='129620'>company.</span> <span m='130610'>And</span> <span m='130720'>I'd</span> <span m='130960'>just</span> <span m='131240'>elaborate</span> <span m='131670'>on</span> <span m='131760'>that</span> <span m='131890'>a</span> <span m='131940'>little</span> <span m='132130'>bit.</span> <span m='133390'>Since</span> <span m='133680'>I</span> <span m='133970'>have</span> <span m='134260'>done</span> <span m='134470'>it</span> <span m='134590'>for</span> <span m='134720'>a</span> <span m='134770'>long</span> <span m='134970'>time,</span> <span m='136760'>very</span> <span m='137215'>few</span> <span m='138470'>video</span> <span m='138740'>game</span> <span m='138930'>developers</span> <span m='139410'>are</span> <span m='139470'>still</span> <span m='139760'>around</span> <span m='141020'>who</span> <span m='141320'>were</span> <span m='141460'>there</span> <span m='141770'>when</span> <span m='141940'>I</span> <span m='142010'>was</span> <span m='142180'>starting</span> <span m='142730'>out.</span> </p><p><span m='143160'>So</span> <span m='144930'>essentially,</span> <span m='145370'>what</span> <span m='145510'>it</span> <span m='145630'>means</span> <span m='145860'>for</span> <span m='145980'>people</span> <span m='146240'>who</span> <span m='146380'>work</span> <span m='146600'>for</span> <span m='146660'>those</span> <span m='147430'>people</span> <span m='147850'>or</span> <span m='148270'>who</span> <span m='148360'>work</span> <span m='148600'>for</span> <span m='148680'>those</span> <span m='148970'>employers</span> <span m='151890'>is</span> <span m='153470'>you're</span> <span m='153650'>putting</span> <span m='153960'>your</span> <span m='154160'>faith</span> <span m='154640'>in</span> <span m='154790'>somebody</span> <span m='155400'>else's</span> <span m='155880'>hands</span> <span m='157570'>and</span> <span m='158270'>essentially</span> <span m='158860'>your</span> <span m='159000'>life</span> <span m='160000'>relies</span> <span m='160620'>on</span> <span m='161560'>decisions</span> <span m='162240'>made</span> <span m='162460'>by</span> <span m='162630'>other</span> <span m='162750'>people.</span> <span m='163140'>And</span> <span m='163220'>that,</span> <span m='164630'>oftentimes,</span> <span m='165310'>can</span> <span m='165550'>be</span> <span m='165670'>very</span> <span m='165980'>nerve</span> <span m='166230'>wracking.</span> <span m='167810'>So</span> <span m='168120'>that's</span> <span m='168320'>an</span> <span m='168390'>advantage</span> <span m='168820'>of</span> <span m='168990'>actually</span> <span m='169950'>being</span> <span m='170210'>in</span> <span m='170330'>business</span> <span m='170660'>for</span> <span m='170760'>yourself</span> <span m='171200'>rather</span> <span m='171230'>than working</span> <span m='171680'>for somebody</span> <span m='172130'>else.</span> </p><p><span m='172600'>So</span> <span m='172810'>I</span> <span m='172960'>manage</span> <span m='173400'>myself</span> <span m='173970'>way</span> <span m='174180'>better</span> <span m='174460'>than</span> <span m='175210'>when</span> <span m='175570'>I</span> <span m='175640'>was</span> <span m='176970'>managed</span> <span m='177790'>by</span> <span m='179760'>people</span> <span m='180130'>I</span> <span m='180240'>worked</span> <span m='180680'>for.</span> <span m='182920'>So,</span> <span m='183460'>as</span> <span m='183560'>I</span> <span m='183660'>said,</span> <span m='188160'>now</span> <span m='188490'>it's</span> <span m='188610'>entirely</span> <span m='188830'>up</span> <span m='189000'>to</span> <span m='189110'>me</span> <span m='189300'>to</span> <span m='190000'>make</span> <span m='190170'>an</span> <span m='190270'>effort.</span> <span m='190600'>And</span> <span m='191190'>I</span> <span m='191330'>have</span> <span m='191490'>a</span> <span m='191530'>little</span> <span m='191770'>girl</span> <span m='193010'>and</span> <span m='193360'>I'm</span> <span m='194020'>very</span> <span m='194270'>fortunate.</span> <span m='194730'>So</span> <span m='194890'>my</span> <span m='195020'>girl is</span> <span m='195420'>four.</span> <span m='196570'>And</span> <span m='198700'>I'm</span> <span m='198860'>very, very</span> <span m='199300'>fortunate</span> <span m='199860'>that</span> <span m='200430'>I</span> <span m='200550'>can</span> <span m='201170'>spend</span> <span m='202260'>as</span> <span m='202430'>much</span> <span m='202730'>time</span> <span m='203720'>with</span> <span m='204270'>my</span> <span m='204420'>child</span> <span m='204870'>as</span> <span m='205010'>I</span> <span m='205100'>like</span> <span m='206850'>and,</span> <span m='207530'>essentially,</span> <span m='207950'>it's</span> <span m='208060'>my</span> <span m='208230'>decision.</span> </p><p><span m='208800'>I</span> <span m='208860'>don't</span> <span m='209040'>have</span> <span m='209180'>to</span> <span m='209320'>ask</span> <span m='210060'>anybody</span> <span m='210460'>for</span> <span m='210590'>any</span> <span m='210710'>kind</span> <span m='210850'>of</span> <span m='210940'>favors</span> <span m='212170'>to</span> <span m='212850'>be</span> <span m='213000'>with</span> <span m='213140'>my</span> <span m='213280'>child.</span> <span m='213760'>So</span> <span m='214300'>I</span> <span m='214420'>know</span> <span m='214600'>my</span> <span m='214760'>child.</span> <span m='215250'>My</span> <span m='215370'>child</span> <span m='215740'>knows</span> <span m='215950'>me.</span> <span m='217230'>I</span> <span m='218340'>think</span> <span m='218500'>it's</span> <span m='218620'>a</span> <span m='218670'>great,</span> <span m='219990'>great</span> <span m='220310'>perk.</span> </p>","file":{"id":665484,"video_id":"","name":"3117-School Founder 2 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