This has probably been asked before, lord knows i couldn't find it.
I am a beginner 3d artist, with dreams of being a hotshot 3d animator someday. As a beginner I'm still trying to learn and grow my abilities to get to that Junior Artist level. My question is what is the best use of my time to eventually get to that first job. If I have 2 years to learn what I can and put together a demo reel showing the best that I can do, should i focus solely on animation? Or would it be better to learn how to model, rig, texture, animate, light, and render. I undertand that if I spend the same amount of time focused solely on animation I would be a much better animator than I would be if I split my focus across multiple fields. Am I more valuable as a good animator that can only animate? Is it worth it to have an animation demo reel where all the content, model, rigs, etc, is made by me. Or does it not matter to the person watching it, if I'm using the same models and rigs that they've probably seen a thousand times?