Breaking In: Breaking Into the Animation Industry as a 2D Animator or Motion Designer

Breaking In: Breaking Into the Animation Industry as a 2D Animator or Motion Designer


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Breaking In: Breaking Into the Animation Industry as a 2D Animator or Motion Designer



  • 2D animators and motion designers starting out in the industry and wanting to build their resume, portfolio and demo reel
  • Students or recent graduates in animation, motion design, or graphic design who want to land their first job or ace their first internship
  • Anyone working in a related field (illustration, graphic design) wanting to transition to animation or motion design


  • Job application materials, including resumes, demo reels, and portfolios
  • How to stand out when applying for internships and jobs
  • Explanation of the production pipeline
  • Best practices for motion design housekeeping.
  • Networking


  • Fundamental CG/2D/Software skills
  • Software demonstrations
  • Creating a project for one’s portfolio
  • Practicing interview skills


This circle is perfect for 2D Animators and Motion Designers starting out and trying to break into the industry.

During this mentorship, we will discuss how to build a cohesive online identity to help you stand out, including detailed reviews of your resume, online portfolio, and any social media platform. We will go over how to create a demo reel that reflects your personality in order to conduct a successful job hunt.

We will also help prepare you for your first internship or big break by sharing important tips regarding the production pipeline, the best practices for motion design housekeeping, and networking.

Qualification Criteria

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

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Twice 
Day / Time: Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
Timezone: EST

ADDITIONAL Application requirementS

Please submit the following: 

  • Resume
  • Online Portfolio

Circle Leader

Chantal Kassarjian

I am a Lebanese Armenian motion designer and animator based in Brooklyn, New York. My cultural heritage is intricately woven into my multifaceted artistic practice and the polemic subjects I choose to tackle. I hold a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut and an M.F.A. in Digital Animation and Motion Arts from Pratt Institute.

I am currently working as a Motion Graphics Artist for ABC News as part of Walt Disney Television, designing and animating graphics for their numerous TV shows. My independent work has gained critical acclaim in the international film festival circuit. My award-winning animated short film Recipe in Exile has traveled the world with over twenty screenings and numerous journalistic accolades worldwide. My work embodies my playful artistic process and conveys my love for illustration, typography, photomontage, and motion arts.

Whether exhibited on a screen, in an upscale Tribeca gallery, or on the Brooklyn sidewalks as street art for the Neighborhood Curbside Canvas Project, I use my art to create compelling visual experiences and tell stories that matter.


Current Title: Motion Graphics Artist

Studio / Employer:  ABC News


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