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From Student to Studio Creative: Getting Your Foot In the Door & Rising Up

Landing a first job at an animation studio can be one of the biggest challenges of a burgeoning career, but once you get it, then what? This circle is fantastic for anyone who is looking for their first or second job at an animation studio and how to succeed in the role. This circle will focus on mentees with an interest in development/creative positions.

We will talk about your goals (short-term and long-term) and set plans to achieve them. We will talk about making connections, finding opportunities, building resumes, and interviewing. We’ll discuss entry level roles in development as well as studio culture, collaboration, the animation industry, and more.

Mentee Criteria

Experience Level:
0-1 year

Meeting Times & Dates

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

Times Per Month:  Twice per month

Dates:  Every other Tuesday

Meeting Times:  7-8:30pm (PST)

Circle Leader

Elizabeth Cutbirth

As a member of the original series development team at Cartoon Network Studios, Elizabeth Cutbirth shepherds a wide variety of projects from concept to final animation. Working closely with the producers, Cutbirth has helped bring many stories to life as part of the studio’s widely respected animated shorts program. Her recent work includes: Wild Help, Cadette in Charge, Pops and Branwell, Trick Moon, Splitting Time, The Wonderful Wingits, Mushroom And The Forest Of The World, and Beetle + Bean. Previously, Cutbirth worked in development at DreamWorks Animation where she worked on movies like Trolls, Boss Baby, Captain Underpants, and Kung Fu Panda III. Cutbirth graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in Creative Writing, and Animation. When she’s not working on cartoons, she enjoys making comics, backpacking, and surfing.

Title/Expertise:  Development

Company:  Cartoon Network

Location: Los Angeles, CA

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