Breaking into the 3D Animation Industry as a CG Modeler

Breaking into the 3D Animation Industry as a CG Modeler


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Breaking into the 3D Animation Industry as a CG Modeler


Applications Open:


  • Students (in their final year) & recent grads
  • Aspiring professionals


  • 3D Pipeline
  • Resume and interview help
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Experience in different studios
  • Experience as a modeler in the animation industry


  • Fundamental 3D skills
  • Software Demonstrations

Qualification Criteria

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

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Twice 
Day / Time:  Wednesday at 7:00 pm
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 passionate about creating captivating 3D designs but are unsure how to kick-start your career in the industry? Do you dream of collaborating with top studios and contributing to exciting projects? This mentorship circle is tailored for individuals like you who are eager to carve a path as CG Modeler in the dynamic world of 3D animation.

In this mentorship circle, our goal is to provide you with the guidance and insights needed to break into the 3D animation industry:

  • Understanding the 3D Animation Pipeline
  • A day in the life of a modeler in Animation
  • How to take notes and feedback
  • Creating an Impressive Portfolio
  • Crafting Application Materials
  • Job Applications and Interviews
  • How to get used to different studios
  • How to get through ups and downs

Ideal mentees for this circle include students preparing to graduate, recent graduates, or individuals transitioning into the field of 3D animation with a passion for visual storytelling and artistic creativity.

ADDITIONAL Application Requirements

Please submit the following as part of your Application Profile: 

  • Demo Reel/Portfolio
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement

Circle Leader

Chen Zhang

Hi, I’m Chen Zhang, a 3D artist in the animation industry. My academic background includes an MFA in 3D Animation and Visual Effects with a specific focus on 3D modeling from the Academy of Art University.

I started my CG journey as an animator but soon discovered my true passion and talent in 3D modeling, prompting a career shift. This path has had its share of challenges, but it is my passion, and I love this industry and will continue to pursue it with dedication.

My career highlights include an internship at Blue Sky Studios on “Spies in Disguise,” “Luca,” and “Lightyear” at Pixar,” “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” at Sony Pictures Imageworks, and “Moana 2” at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Currently, I’m a Senior Organic Modeler at Bardel Entertainment Inc. Outside of work, I have a particular passion for learning digital sculpting and practicing my sculpting skills to create my own characters.

I’m excited to share my knowledge and experiences over different studios through this mentorship circle, helping you break into the 3D animation field as a 3D modeler. Let’s work together to build your skills and achieve your career goals.



Current Title:  Crowd Workflow TD

Studio / Employer:  Bardel Entertainment Inc.


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