Is the anime artist’s salary so low that this industry collapses?
The first mistake when it comes to artists’ salaries is that they think that because the industry is unprofitable, it is not profitable to paint artists and think everyone has the same low salary. The whole industry is growing steadily in the past 7 years, up to 108% / year. That is, the industry is still steadily making a profit, not in a loss like some pages give false information.
Secondly, artists are also divided according to different levels, not everyone has the same salary. At this point, you must know that in order to create a scene in an anime, artists often have to draw about 10 frames per second.
It is divided into two types of frames, one is “key frames” – the key frames, these frames will determine the nature of motion in that scene. The second is “in-between frames“, the extra frames for the required number of frames and extra motion. Can you imagine just like people sketched out the sketches before, we just trace and add more details to be more vivid.
Key frames play a more important role, so they are often drawn by experienced animators. In-between frames are only considered as outsourcing work, so they can only be taken by novice artists, part-time artists, or those from countries with cheap labor.
These are in-between frames that are drawn in a sketchy manner to be submitted for quick showing that the quality of in-between animators varies greatly from key animators. And that leads to the problem of salaries of these two types of painters quite differently.
And for those who play a larger role in an anime project such as image directors, animators, main directors, producers, the salary will increase rapidly.
Producer, who manages the entire anime project, will have a salary of up to over $ 6000 / month. And the people with the highest income in the whole industry are seiyuu (voice actors) with extremely high salaries, maybe up to $ 60000 / month! Because in famous seiyuu it can be considered similar to idols or A-list actors. They not only participate in voice acting for the anime but they also participate in promotional events for the anime that are even organized. my own music show.