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Breaking In: Illustration Through Portfolio Development

Are you looking to work as an artist professionally, but have no idea where to start? Maybe there are a number of areas you want to use your skills in and you’re not sure how to balance it all. Do you dream of creating designs for new classic films, or beloved tv series? Looking forward to seeing your name in credits one day? Then this circle is for you.

In Breaking Into Animation, Illustration, and Costume Design, 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 Career Pipeline–how these jobs fit into the production process, the various positions in these fields, and the path one might take from first gig to full time artist.
  • 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.

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:  Weekly

Day:  Saturdays

Meeting Times:  12pm, PST

Circle Leader

Josseline Tanus

I am an Illustrator based in the Bay Area with experience in Character and Costume design. I am a Art History lover. I am in love with books and animation. I am also a teacher and enjoy sharing my experience with other. I am also a advocate of the arts for the community.


Title/Expertise:  Illustrator, Character and Costume Designer and Educator


Company:  Self Employed and Berkeley High School


Location:  Alameda, CA


LinkedIn / Website:
josstanusart.com