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Breaking In: Finding Your First Job In Animation Production With Amy Strauss

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.
  • Get started with networking and informational interviews to make connections, learn more, and hone in on the path you want to forge.
  • 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.

Mentee Criteria

Criteria / Experience Level:

Aspiring Professional (0 yrs of experience)

Entry Level (1-2 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:  Mondays

Meeting Times:  5-7pm ET

Circle Leader

Amy Strauss

Amy Strauss is an animation producer currently working on sports animated comedy web series at Bleacher Report. She previously was one of the first hires on Gabby’s Dollhouse, working closely with the creators of the show from its first days of production. Amy has a background in education and child development, and worked in kids media research before she moved into production. Outside of work, she likes to crochet and rock climb, and is learning flying trapeze.

Title/Expertise:  Animation Producer

Company:  Bleacher Report

Location:  New York

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