Notes from the show:
Work hard but have a plan B
Are you the top 5% for Animation or Compositing? if not you need to have a bunch of skills to sell to various industries.
Spending 12 Hrs a day on your craft not possible in reality as there are too many variables can work against you.
VFX artists are not like Screen Writers it is a different skill set.
If you are 35 years old working:
Save your money for your retirement. Put it into some investment savings.