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Building Your Own Path: How to Navigate Career Change, or Succeed as an Unconventional Candidate

Animation can be a wonderful, inclusive, and collaborative industry, but sometimes getting your foot in the door as a non-traditional candidate can be challenging. This circle will provide tips and tools to build your resume/ portfolio, improve your interviewing skills, and build a community of peers who are navigating the same challenges as you.

Topics might include:

  • How to frame your credentials for an animation career
  • How to build a portfolio
  • How to network effectively
  • How to interact with recruiters
  • How to interact with hiring managers
  • Making the most out of your first jobs

Mentee Criteria

Experience Level:
Student (last year of study)
0-1 Year
1-3 Years
3-5 Years

Ideal candidates might include:

  • Graduating college students with non-traditional degrees
  • Established professionals looking to make a lateral shift, including artists interested in production, and production staff interested in creative work

Meeting Times & Dates

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

Times Per Month:  Weekly

Dates:  Tuesday evenings

Meeting Times:  6:30p (PST)

Circle Leader

Maddie Lazer

Maddie Lazer is a Writer-Producer, currently serving as the Production Manager on Netflix Animation’s Ultraman CG feature film. She aspires to collaborate with diverse voices from around the world, and to bring unique stories and visual styles to audiences.

Maddie’s path to working in animation was a bit unconventional. Maddie graduated with a B.A. in Russian History and International Affairs. When she decided academia was not for her, she headed out to LA, and began her career in live action, as the Second Assistant to legendary producer Leonard Goldberg. From there, she moved on to work for Paramount Pictures’ marketing division. While at Paramount, she was introduced to their animation team, and the rest was history. She has earned numerous credits, including Senior Production Supervisor on Over the Moon, as well as Production Coordinator on the Academy Award-winning short, Dear Basketball. She also spent a brief stint in tech, working as Product Manager for Flix – an industry-standard animation software used by storyboarding and editorial teams.

Maddie has kept her academic training alive by focusing on the bilingual education of her rescued Bichon Frise, Augie “The Doggie” Lazer. Ochen priyatno.

Title/Expertise:  Production Manager – Ultraman CG Animated Feature

Company:  Netflix Animation

Location:  Los Angeles, CA

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