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Breaking In: Breaking into Animation Production With Confidence With Sarah Serata

Do you want to break into animation production, but have no idea where to start? Trying to get that first job as a PA, or bridge the gap between school/training and the professional world? Do you dream of helping create new classic films, or beloved tv series? Looking forward to seeing your name in credits one day? Then this circle is for you!

In this circle, you will learn the essentials of what it takes to get started in this part of the industry. By the end of the term, you will:

  • Understand the Animation Production Pipeline—the different job positions in this career, how you move through them, and what it takes to get the job done.
  • Know how to set yourself up to apply for and land jobs by creating strong resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, portfolios, etc. You’ll also have a clear picture of how recruiting works and what the job application process is like.
  • Learn how to show up professionally so that recruiters and bosses take notice of you.
  • Develop tools for managing the stresses and anxieties that come along with making the leap into the industry.

This circle is especially designed for folks who feel like self-confidence is something they’d like to focus on. During our meetings, in addition to discussing the pipelines, we will also make sure to focus in on how to build confidence and hone communications skills to help you land that first production job in the industry.

Mentee Criteria

Criteria / Experience Level:

Student (final year)

Aspiring Professional (0 yrs of experience)

Meeting Times & Dates

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

Times Per Month:  Twice

Day:  Tuesdays

Meeting Times:  9pm  EST

Circle Leader

Sarah Serata

I started out in live action and quickly moved to animation, starting on Coraline as a coordinator and worked my through many pipelines and companies. I have work on the client side and the production side and love to see folks breaking into the industry. Mentoring new comers is one of the best ways of giving back to the wonderful animation community. If you are struggling with trying to understand how to break into animation, what direction to go in, how to move forward and learn the path you are on, please come join me, I will help you understand how to design your own journey. You will also learn great emotional regulation skills to help you continue on your travels.


Title/Expertise:  Supervising Producer


Company:  Spin Master


Location:  Toronto


LinkedIn / Website:
ca.linkedin.com/in/sarah-serata