pitching Tips

Prepare for Animation Dingle 2024!!!

Check out our Pitching Tips!

At Animation Dingle opportunities abound for students to pitch their ideas to top animation companies.

Don’t miss out…

Have a look at our Pitching Tips to make sure you are ticking all the boxes when you pitch.

Whether you are signing up for our Pitch and A Pint to involve yourself in the hot-seat pitching directly over the table to company executives….

…or if you plan to register for The Big Pitcher, pitching live to the panel…

…or simply chatting to companies at the Animation Dingle Fair….

…our Pitching Tips will REALLY help you.

The VERY Best of Luck to you!

#1 - Pitch and a Pint

Decide in advance what you want to show to the professional

Have your device charged and ready to display your work

Show your best work first – ideally a showreel

If you have a chosen discipline you’d like to pursue, layout, background painting, storyboarding, animation etc. express that in the meeting

Write down specific questions you’d like to ask beforehand

Consider printing a business card to hand to the professional

BE CONFIDENT:

Show eye contact, give a firm handshake, be clear in all you say and do. BUT, be sure that you aren’t overconfident to the extent of being a know-it-all! You want to be confident, but likeable!

BE PREPARED:

Know your stuff; it belongs to you so you need to know it inside out. Be sure you have your work ready (downloaded) and in a strong dynamic format.

And practice practice practice! Pitch to friends, family, anyone that will listen and make sure you take their feedback and tips on board – remember they are receiving this fresh just as your pitching audience will be.

 

BE TECH READY:

Have your work on as big a screen as you can (with NO cracks!) so that it’s displayed to its full potential.  Make sure your device is fully charged and open where you need it to be – no distracting tabs or other information open.

BE UP-TO-DATE:

Present your work clearly in a strong, consistent way. Any older work needs to be updated into the same style/format.  Think clean, clear, concise and current.

BE YOURSELF:

No one is YOU, so make sure you are yourself. Trying to be (like) someone else won’t work.  Give a sense of who you are and what you would be like if they were to hire you.

RELAX:

Try taking 3 deep breaths in and out through your nose to steady and relax your system.

You’ve got this!

#2 - The Big Pitcher

BE CONFIDENT:

All eyes are on you, but remember, they want to know what you are pitching, they want to like what you have to say, they want to ‘get it’…so be confident but be clear too!

BE PREPARED:

Practice your pitch over and over again until you are completely happy with it. Pitch to friends and family, pitch to anyone who will give you the time.  It’s all in the preparation.

BE TECH READY:

Make sure everything works! Make sure your timings are spot on.

BE ON TIME:

Make sure everything runs smoothly and to your given time – DO NOT run over! Keep it punchy and to the point.

BE DRESSED:

Wear something that you’re comfortable in, but also something that will make you feel great and that is perfect for YOU. Do you need props or a costume?

BE YOURSELF:

No one is YOU, so make sure your own light is shining bright. Trying to be (like) someone else won’t work.

BE SOBER:

No drink or drugs – they are not your friend here!

RELAX:

You’ve got this!

#3 - Studio Fair

REGISTER:

Make sure you register for the fair. This will allow studios to connect directly with you even after the Fair. You can do this on our AD Fair Page.

BE PREPARED:

Know who you want to meet and why. Do your homework and make sure you know the company/studio you’re interested in. It will show them that you are serious.

BE CONFIDENT:

Eye contact, handshake, be clear and LISTEN well.

BE CURIOUS:

What do you want to know? Why do you want to know it? Is there something you have checked out that you’re particularly interested in finding more about?

BE RESPECTFUL:

Take your time, but also don’t waste time. Be aware that there maybe a queue behind you. If there is, use your time well.

BE THOROUGH:

Make sure you meet all the people you want to meet, have a plan or a system so that you can work your way around stress free.

BE HANDS FREE:

Nothing is worse than spilling your drink over someone!

BE CLEAR HEADED:

It’s a festival, but you want to be remembered for the right things.

More importantly, enjoy the festival!