Change of Seasons
The animation "business" is an up and down industry. There are times you have to turn work down because you are so busy and oppositely, times when you can't get enough to scrape by. Its those times that I hate the most, (obviously). When you see people that are your core group of hard working, talented and probably most of all, DEPENDABLE artists leaving that makes it harder.
But, and there's always a "but", what has surprised me is the intense dedication I see despite the current conditions. Even when faced with negativity these same group of people are still there getting things done and helping to make things better. Thats really impressive to me. It would be easy to walk away and forget your troubles but to stick to and and try to make things better is something admirable.
I have always believed in leading by example. I would never ask anyone to do something I wasn't willing to do myself and thats something I expect from any person doing any job anywhere. Its hard to get and keep people motivated when they don't see you putting forth the same effort. Its a slippery slope. I've said it before in past posts but I still say it and believe it, "Being a professional is doing your best when you don't like what you are doing". I know this to be true and when I see the "boss" digging in and helping out that makes the extra hours and missed family time a little less painful, knowing your time and effort is appreciated. I hope our crew knows their effort is hugely appreciated, because without them, there would be no HoC.