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Background Artists: Setting Yourself Up For Artistic and Personal Success.

Drawing and designing are vital skills, but so are individuality, organization, leadership, generosity, and business acumen. Building a successful career requires constant education, balanced with rest and artistic exploration.

In this circle, we’ll help you hone artistic skills that will make your portfolio as a background artist stand out; but we’ll also go one step further. In addition to artistic skills, we’ll talk about the personal skills that will help you not only land a job, but keep your career thriving.

We will talk about how to:

  • Balance your signature style with studio needs.
  • Present your work in a way that makes it easy for recruiters and producers to hire you.
  • Showcase your leadership ability.
  • Communicate authentically and clearly.
  • See the big picture as well as specific next steps.

Mentee Criteria

Experience Level:
4+ Years

Meeting Times & Dates

Please note: Meeting times and dates are subject to change by your Circle Mentor

Times Per Month:  Twice per month

Meeting Times:  Tuesdays, 7pm – 9pm (EST)

Circle Leader

Cynthia Ignacio

Cynthia Ignacio began her career with Walt Disney Feature Animation, where she had the honor of working on several iconic films. She started primarily as a background/environment designer, but often takes a lead/supervisor or art director role. She has also storyboarded, costume-designed, and drawn/color-styled orthographic views of sets and props. Her skillset ranges across theme park projects, feature and television animation, live action, and theatre.

Title/Expertise:  Visual Development Artist

Company/Studio:  Gaumont

Location:  Orlando

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