Toon Talks: Navigating Career Pathways in an Evolving Market

Toon Talks: Navigating Career Pathways in an Evolving Market


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Toon Talks: Navigating Career Pathways in an Evolving Market


Applications Open:


  • Entry-level (1-2 years) and early career (3-5 years) creatives
  • Creators in the early stages of their careers


  • Organic conversations tops that will fluctuate week to week.
  • A course that will adapt and transform based on the individuals selected


  • Powerpoints or an academic style experience

Qualification Criteria

Entry Level (1-2 yrs of experience)
Early Career (3-5 yrs of experience)

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Weekly 
Day / Time:  Tuesday at 5:30 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)


With the animation market diversifying, creators can now connect with audiences across social media, YouTube, SVODs, traditional TV, and gaming. This circle aims to explore various creative paths you can pursue in animation across multiple platforms.

This circle will be a hybrid approach:

  1. Interactive “coffee style” sessions where we will share early career experiences, celebrate accomplishments, and strategize over current challenges
  2. Moderated sessions with Q&A featuring Industry Experts who have worked at Moonbug Entertainment, Amazon, Electronic Arts, Guru Studio, Fablevision, and Disney

This circle is ideal for aspiring producers, directors, or creators in the early stages of their careers. It requires mentees to bring their questions, challenges, and conversation topics to each coffee style session to receive the best guidance on their next steps.

Additionally, we will learn from Industry Experts whose experience spans the fulsome animation pipeline across the following topics:

  • Understanding the basics of producing successful animation projects
  • Identifying key skills needed to direct 3D animated content
  • Delving into the specifics of art direction in 2D animation
  • Learning the art of pitching your creative ideas and projects effectively
  • How to best develop mobile games and navigate the grant system
  • Explore the integration of VFX, virtual production, and gaming technologies
  • Finding strategies for building and growing your personal brand on social media platforms
  • Gaining a basic understanding of AI’s impact on the creative industry and how to utilize it
  • And more!

Join us to explore the diverse opportunities within the creative industry and gain the knowledge and confidence to excel in your early career as a creative professional.

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 explaining why this circle is right for you

Circle Leader

Emily Jenkins

Emily is an award-winning writer and director with expertise in live action and animation. Currently, she is a Creative Executive at Moonbug Entertainment, managing all aspects of CoComelon, the top children’s YouTube channel with over 165 million subscribers. Previously, she was Director of Development at Guru Studio, contributing to series like Pikwik Pack (Disney Jr), Big Blue (CBC), and Mecha Builders (HBOMax). Her live action work includes writing, co-directing, and starring in Terminally in Love (2018), which was selected for Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. Originally from Toronto, Emily now resides in Los Angeles.


Current Title: Creative Executive 

Studio / Employer:  Moonbug Entertainment


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