Thanks everyone for all the advice, I really appreciate it. I have learned the basics, I went through the Video Copilot guide and it was really helpful. Mostly it's just hard going through tutorials and constantly looking up stuff to find information on what I want to do when I just want to play with it, have fun and make cool things (that's my motivation btw, self-expression, I could care less about how "cool" the job is). And yes, it's frustrating that my stuff looks so puny next to what the professionals do that helps inspire me. It's not that there's not a TON of stuff out there because there is but I haven't found anything that I really enjoy learning from. Maybe it's not the right career for me, I don't know. For now I'm take a short break from it and then trying again without so much pressure and I will try giving myself projects and seeing how I can make it happen.
So I've been trying to learn After Effects for the last 6 months and I've been having a hard time. First I started to learn only through tutorials but I found the knowledge I gained to be too scattered. Then I found a great book, Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects and read about half of that. Now I'm going through it again and doing the examples this time but I'm finding it really boring and it's becoming hard to motivate myself to do it. I have so many ideas of stuff I want to create with AE but it's frustrating to me that I have to wait so long til I can actually do it. It's hard to find tutorials or anything that would lead me in knowing what to do and trying to learn a lot about AE so I can figure it out by myself is taking forever. Is there anything I can do to make learning AE more fun or easier? I keep being disheartening and being afraid that maybe motion graphics is not the right field for me if it's this hard to learn but I don't know if this is just the hard part and after I get all the basics down, it'll be easier. Anyone have any advice?