Expand Opportunities During Challenging Times

Expand Opportunities During Challenging Times


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Expand Opportunities During Challenging Times


Applications Open:


  • Experienced industry professionals and artists who are:
    • Working but looking for a next job
    • Laid off – and wondering what now
    • In active job search mode
    • Looking to transfer skills within or outside the industry


  • Group Discussion that is interactive, supportive, collaborative, and informative
  • General discussion about skills, resumes and utilizing portfolios, links, etc.
  • Guest speakers will share relevant experience, knowledge, and recommendations
  • The takeaways:
    • Ways to explore and source new opportunities
    • Networking tips, ideas, and some best practices
    • Creating your own content – markets and options
    • How to stay resilient in a tough market
    • Tapping into life beyond the job / job search


  • In-depth review of resumes, portfolios, etc
  • Tech/software or specialized training
  • Specific job listings/postings

Qualification Criteria

Early Career (3-5 yrs of experience)
Mid Level (6-10 yrs of experience)
Upper Level (10+ yrs of experience)

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Twice 
Day / Time:  Wednesday 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Timezone: EDT

* 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 artist or other industry professional facing challenging times and seeking ways to research and expand your opportunities? Do you want to learn how to network effectively, both in-person and remotely? Are you interested in building resilience, creating your own content, and finding new or alternative job opportunities? Are you so focused on job hunting these days that you’re missing out on activities that bring you joy? If so, this circle is for you.

In this mentorship circle, we’ll discuss:

  • Exploring various opportunities to bridge employment gaps, such as government programs, jobs outside the industry, and private enterprise like teaching, marketing, etc.
  • Networking strategies to help you build meaningful professional relationships
  • Tips for networking remotely, including the best practices for using LinkedIn
  • Insights from guest speakers who will share their experiences and advice
  • Building resilience to navigate and overcome challenges in your career
  • How to create your own content to showcase your skills and keep your creative juices flowing
  • Techniques for connecting to activities and hobbies that make you happy and reduce stress

This mentorship is ideal for professionals and artists with some industry experience looking to expand their horizons, build resilience, and find new opportunities during these challenging times we’re facing as an industry. Join us to gain the guidance, knowledge, and support needed to thrive and succeed in your artistic journey and career.

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):  

  • Resume
  • Personal statement of why this circle is a fit

Circle Leader

Lan Lamon

Lan Lamon is a freelance film and television Producer and Consultant with over 30 years experience in Animation, Live Action, Multi/Mixed Media, Web, Interactive and new Digital Medias. She has worked on and produced Award Winning content for kids and families, with such classic and notable productions as “Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus,” “Franklin,” “Babar,” “The Backyardigans,” “Max and Ruby,” “The Berenstain Bears,” “6Teen”, and many others. She has been the Director of Operations for a busy animation studio. She has also been a supervising producer, with an emphasis on mentorship and nurturing career development and growth for production professionals and artists.

Lan has her own freelance media production service company and manages a 50-acre working farm with her husband in SW Ontario. She’s an animal lover (especially dogs!), and enjoys cooking, gardening, and day trips in the beautiful South Georgian Bay area.


Current Title: Supervising/Senior Producer

Studio / Employer:  Freelance/Self Employed – Own Company

Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lanlamon/

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