To paraphrase comedian Marc Maron "Animation is not your parents".
You don't need to seek it's approval.
It's not going to pat you on the back and say "Well done, kid".
Occasionally it might take you out for icecream but that's it.
The collective voice is much louder and more important than any single commercial project (which in themselves are part of the collective voice).
Try and get to the Ottawa Animation Festival or ANY animation festival. Even if you don't have a film playing.
If you're feeling miserable about the whole thing then go watch the Wayne White documentary and you'll be good again soon enough.
So that’s my thing.