WIA is actively working to recharge and relaunch our Mentorship Program in order to better serve our growing membership. We hope to relaunch in January of 2018 but will keep this page updated for your information.
In the meantime, the San Francisco and Greater Bay Area will keep to the original program calendar of August 15th through September 15, 2017, and will join the relaunch in subsequent years.
If you are interested in the San Francisco Mentorship Program for 2017-2018 or would like to be a Mentor please complete one of the following forms:
SUBMISSION DATES: The Bay Area Mentorship Application period will run from August 15th through September 15th, 2017. All applications must be submitted within that timeframe.
- Empower, educate and support mentees by increasing their access to information through relationships with knowledgeable mentors.
- Encourage strong connections between individuals.
- Inspire excellence through the examples set by mentors who are established animation professionals.
The program is open to WIA’s professional members working in the animation industry and based in the greater Los Angeles area (though a limited number of remote mentoring opportunities may be available).
Mentorship participants are selected and paired by the mentorship committee (a majority of whom have previously participated in the program as either mentors or mentees).
“Thank you so much for creating this program. It’s an honor to help grow great talent and to, in turn, be so inspired by their creativity, fresh insights and friendships!” – Rita S., Mentor
“Many young artists, especially young women, are shy, introverted, or hesitant to say they are deserving. I want to change that mind set as early as possible!” – Ashley L., Mentor
“When I was an assistant and coordinator, I so appreciated seeing examples of how I might be able to shape my career; I would love to be that for a young woman at the beginning of hers.” – Nicole R., Mentor
“I am a mom so career/life balance is a big deal for us. I would like to encourage women that they can have a family and not have to leave their jobs if that is their choice. Most of all, it is hugely important that women are given the confidence and support to be courageous and not quit the field.” – Kat G., Mentor
“I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon this group that actually accepts writers in the mentorship program.” – Kelly L., Mentee
“Everyone had inspiration to share. Mentorship is clearly a community.” – Michele J., Mentee