I was pleased to give a lecture up at Cal Arts today. The small class to which I spoke was fifty percent male, fifty percent female. So standing there I thought of this:
A while ago I was talking to a person who works at one of these animation schools, often metioned here on this subject. The number of female applicants is far lower than the males. He wishes more women applied.
And it's unrealistic to expect that studios had a 1:1 female to male ratio, based on this fact.
It just seems to me females don't really consider animation as a good career.
And I asked: "How many women are in the Cal Arts Animation department? ...
And the answer I got was, 50%.
Now, I didn't run up to the registrar's office and cross-check the numbers. But students and teacher told me it was half.
And given that, the numbers we put up here in January re female employment in animation (directors - 15%; layout - 17.8%; model designers - 15.4%; storyboard 13.3%, visual development - 9.4%) seem a teensy bit ... out of alignment.