I am currently a second year student at a film school in America learning to be an animator and comic book illustrator. I'm not entirely sure what my avenue for my career after school will be but I do know I am 100% dedicated to some form of hand drawn animation, though more less digitally drawn, not on paper. My dream is to do something like Miyazaki and create my own animation studio or something like that. Though I realize, that goal will require doing other things first to work my way up which I'm willing to do, and hopefully enjoy doing it. Now I honestly felt I could change American animation and create not necessarily Anime, but meaningful stories involving action-adventure or drama with a more complex style of animation similar to Ghibly but in my own style and so on, I won't bore you with the technical details. To be honest, I used to want to become a Manga-ka in Japan when I was 14 but now, I dunno about that because I'm not sure that's MY journey as an artist and I don't wanna just do what this guy does, I want to find my own path. Otherwise, I could hypothetically end up working in Japan in animation or comics but the thing is, I have no interest in working in the so called poor conditions with bad pay I have heard about, but am not sure is the case at EVERY studio in japan either. But I thought, perhaps I may start my own company in Japan some day, or may'be there is someone, a small company or something in Japan who does things better. What I'm asking is, is there any hope for a Gaijin animator/illustrator/concept artist in Japan that would involve good working conditions like I would have in America. Please understand, I do not know if this is an avenue for me, I felt I would someday live in Japan but I don't know because my most important goal is to be a great artist. I have never even visited the country so tbh, this is all very abstract right now, but it's something I think about alot because Japan is really apart of me yet I feel lately that living there may not be an option for my career goals. Perhaps I can live there a while to become a better animator then come back to USA to build a company or something, or may'be another country. I dunno. Thoughts?