Breaking In: Breaking into Animation Production

Breaking In: Breaking into Animation Production


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Breaking In: Breaking into Animation Production



  • Students and recent grads interested in working in animation production


  • Production Management & Animation Pipeline 101
  • Resume, Soft Skills, Networking, and the many “fun” business aspects of a creative career
  • Steps towards self-confidence!


  • Art / Animation fundamentals, advice, or instruction
  • Software demonstrations
  • Feedback on art portfolios


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? Are you 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. This circle will teach you:

  • 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.
  • 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 the job application process
  • Methods for showing up professionally so that recruiters and bosses take notice of you.
  • Tools for managing the stresses and anxieties that come along with the leap into the industry.
  • How to network–remotely and in person
  • Insights into your work and leadership styles
  • Time management, remote work, and work/life balance
  • The value of leaving your comfort zone to find fantastic opportunities

Qualification Criteria

Student (final year)
Aspiring Professional (0 yrs of experience)

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Twice 
Day / Time: Thursday, 7 pm to 9 pm 
Timezone: EST

ADDITIONAL Application requirementS

Please provide your resume and a personal statement explaining why this circle is right for you.

I want to know about you!

Circle Leader

tiffany hinojosa

Just a gal who is an introvert, quiet and reserved, from a small town in South Texas, my journey started when I left my hometown to study Television & Film at the University of Texas in Austin. I spent my first year crying, struggling with imposter syndrome, and the many challenges that come with being a first-generation student. How was I supposed to get a career in Animation, of all things? When I returned for my second year, I knew I had two options – stay in my bubble or step out of it. I chose the latter, and by the end of that year, I began working professionally in the gaming industry.

I have since (thanks to the wonderful team at CGBot!) worked with many clients such as Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Gearbox Software, and more, managing communication with them and production deliveries. Soon after graduating, I began working as a Production Assistant at Powerhouse Animation, eventually working my way up to where I am now as the studio’s Outsource Manager. In this role, I focus on the studio’s external production needs and help the internal production team wherever possible. I have worked on a number of animated titles with the studio, some being Castlevania: Nocturne, Skull Island, and Masters of the Universe: Revelations. I now reside in Pennsylvania and am also an Adjunct Instructor at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, teaching artists the power of soft skills, networking, and how to present their work in the best way possible.

When not working, I have too many hobbies. Personal favorites are writing, reading, playing games, and being outdoors. Still, occasionally, I’ll spend many hours building music playlists, falling down a food history rabbit hole, plotting my graphic novel, watching seasonal anime, committing to yoga, being a cat mom… all that amongst my other 100 hobbies. I stay busy, and it keeps life fun!


Current Title: Outsource Manager

Studio / Employer:  Powerhouse Animation Studios


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