Breaking In: Landing Your First Job As A 3D Artist with Sonali Dutta

Breaking In: Landing Your First Job As A 3D Artist with Sonali Dutta


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Breaking In: Landing Your First Job As A 3D Artist with Sonali Dutta


Applications Open:


  • Students
  • Recent Graduates
  • People looking to make a career change


  • 3D Pipeline
  • Demo reels & Portfolios
  • Resumes & Cover Letters
  • Networking and more! 


  • Fundamental 3D skills
  • 3D software demonstrations
  • Creating a 3D project for one’s portfolio

Qualification Criteria

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

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Twice 
Day / Time:  Wednesday Evening
Timezone: PDT

* You must meet the qualification criteria AND be able to attend the posted day/time of the circle (please note the timezone posted)


Are you an Animation or VFX student or a recent graduate hoping to get a job as a 3D Artist? Do you feel lost or confused when applying for jobs and getting noticed by recruiters?

Whether you’re trying to decide what area to specialize in or need tips and tricks to put together your perfect demo reel, this circle will shed light on the following topics:

  • Understanding the animation and visual effects 3D pipeline from start to finish
  • Presenting an impressive demo reel that will catch the attention of recruiters and hiring managers
  • Crafting a clean and well-written resume and cover letter that will get you interviews
  • Expanding your professional network and developing the confidence to make new connections
  • Developing the skills to interview effectively and present yourself as the best candidate for the position
  • And so much more!

Hear what Sonali’s circle alumni have to say about the mentorship:

  • “I can’t say enough about how this experience has completely changed my professional path. It’s been incredible. Every Wednesday brought something new and enriching. After each meeting, I felt refreshed, learned so much, and always left with a smile from the great conversations and laughs. I’ve grown so much – as an artist, as a woman, and as a woman artist, most of all.” – Maria Luiza Mota landed her first job as a Modelling Artist at Atomic Cartoons
  • “I’m grateful to have met such inspiring people in my circle alongside industry guests as they made the prospect of entering the industry feel less daunting. Being part of a close-knit group, where we all work towards our careers, help each other out, and enjoy each other’s company, was incredibly motivating. The quality of my job applications improved during Sonali’s WIA mentorship circle, which helped me land my first industry gig!” – Rachel Lee landed her first job as an Unreal Generalist at Psyop
  • “Sonali’s dedication to nurturing talent and fostering inclusivity within the VFX and animation industries is truly inspiring. She played a pivotal role in guiding me as I embarked on my career journey, and I’m immensely proud to see her create such a supportive and empowering community for all her mentees to flourish.” – Viviane Feltrin, landed her first job as a Texture & Look Development Assistant at DNEG

This circle is the perfect fit for students, recent grads, and people looking to change careers with skills in 3D disciplines such as modeling, texturing, look development, grooming, FX, and lighting. If your dream is to one day see your name in the credits of your favorite movie or TV show, but you don’t even know which shot to put first on your reel, this circle is for you!

ADDITIONAL Application Requirements

Please submit the following as part of your Application Profile:
*(AFTER you click to apply, you must go into your member profile and complete the member-specific portion; these requirements should be submitted through that profile):  

  • demo reel or portfolio featuring 3D work

Circle Leader

Sonali Dutta

Sonali Dutta (she/her) is a CG Artist based in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently a Senior Look Development Artist at Image Engine and previously worked at Blue Sky Studios as a Character Artist focusing on Materials and Fur.

With expertise in textures, look development, and grooming, she has contributed to feature films and series such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Nimona, The Mandalorian, Alien: Romulus, and The Book of Boba Fett. Originally from the United States, Sonali graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Visual Effects.

As a WIA mentor for 2 years, Sonali has a passion for helping artists break into the industry, and she loves seeing women and people of underrepresented gender identities achieve success and develop confidence in their careers.


Current Title: Senior Look Development Artist

Studio / Employer:  Image Engine Design


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