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Building a Balanced Career Through Leadership, Communication, and Self Care

The animation industry is exciting, vibrant, and dynamic… and can often be quite stressful. How do you handle high pressure demands while also caring for yourself and finding balance? In this circle, we’ll discuss how you can show up for your work while also showing up for yourself.

Topics include:

  • Finding balance with life and work
  • Learning to effectively communicate
  • Boundaries – why set them and how to set them
  • D.I.S.C. – learn how others think and process and how to build on that knowledge
  • Distress Tolerance skills – breathing, pausing, asking questions, self-soothe in crisis

Mentee Criteria

Experience Level:
3-5 Years

Meeting Times & Dates

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

Times Per Month:  Weekly

Dates:  Wednesdays 

Meeting Times: Evenings (EST)

Circle Leader

Sarah Serata

Hello WIA Mentees, I am Sarah Serata, an Emmy Award winning animation producer with a focus on Stop Motion and Preschool content. Currently a supervising producer for SpinMaster, overseeing productions such as Paw Patrol. I have been in the industry for 20 years, having started as a production assistant in live action, working my way through the animation pipeline to producing roles. I love to offer mentorship and coaching in self-care and growth in the workplace.


Title/Expertise:  Supervising Producer


Company:  SpinMaster


Location:  Portland, OR


LinkedIn / Website:

linkedin.com/in/sarah-serata

imdb.com/name/nm1961279/