Oscar Barany is a freelance animator and visual artist. He graduated in 2017 from BA (Hons) Animation.

What did you enjoy about your time at Leeds Arts University and how did the course help you in starting out professionally?

I really enjoyed the openness of the animation course, being able to explore both being an artist and a technician was really beneficial. We were also given a lot of guidance about the business and marketing end of things. This is something that could be seen as the "boring" bit, but it has been invaluable. I learnt how to properly organise a project with spreadsheets and there was a real focus, throughout the course, on knowing how to deal with clients.

Image: Courtesy of Oscar Barany.

What did you do after leaving university?

I was freelancing throughout my third year, so when I left Leeds Arts University I went back to London and continued freelancing full time. I currently do a mixture of working onsite at various studios and agencies and work directly for clients from home.

Do you have any tips or advice for current students or recent graduates wanting to work in your field?

Try to do as many side projects or freelance jobs as you can and make the best portfolio possible, it’s really the main thing anyone will care about when they are considering you for work. It’s really important to be willing to do the less interesting jobs (as long as they're paid) and see what you can learn from them, not all the jobs you get will be fun but there’s always something to learn even if it’s just that you don't like doing that specific thing.

Finally, are there any future ambitions or projects in the pipeline you can tell us about?

I am currently working on my next short film which I am looking to find funding for. Generally, my ambitions are to get more paid work that enables me to be able to take whatever creative liberties I want to!