Yesterday I went for a meeting with an animation studio about 20/30 miles from where I live. Everything went well but they're more of a 2D company and from what I could tell they hire freelancers whenever they get any 3D work.
I think it went well though. I also had the chance to have a look around their studio and it's really nice. Nothing huge but it's packed full of lovely macs with huge monitors and a wacom cintiq!
I'm just about to order some DVD cases so that I can start sending my showreel out to other companies soon.
Let's hope I get my grades from university so I can put them on my CV!