Now every Thursday in a month through September 2018,  ANIMATED INSIGHTS BY SHANNON MUIR takes you inside Shannon’s latest reflections on her passion for animation as a medium, and other animated insights about life. To catch up on all posts, check out the Animated Insights portion of the website! 

In talking with some folks recently, I’ve come to learn that there’s a lot of confusion out there on the Internet if I am a fan or a professional in animation.

From my perspective, I see it as both.

My interest began as a fan, and I made moves in the early online fandom days of  a certain animated series – VOLTRON, for those who may not know – and then went off to earn my professional stripes in the animation business.

So, what ended up happening was that the show’s fandom became aware of me and my initial fan interest while I was building up professional credits.

However, I also believe those two items need not be mutually exclusive. I can be a fan of the show (or the use of the animated medium in general, which I am), as well as someone with professional experience in the field. After all, it’s far more fun when you have passion for what you are a part of.

Until next week,


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