January 2022, Interview facilitated by Tracey Miller-Zarneke
What is your earliest memory of being interested in animation?
My earliest memory is from childhood, around four years old. I remember growing up watching nothing but cartoons. I used to get extremely emotional watching films like Cinderella, The Lion King, Up, and the list goes on. It fascinated me so much to the point where I started drawing whatever I saw on TV.
What is your favorite animated movie or animated character, and why?
My favorite animated movie is Coco. I love the overall message Coco gives about celebrating the life of those that have passed, as well as learning about your ancestors. I think preserving the history of where you come from is extremely important. Culture is passed down through generations, which is what makes family even more important.
Who or what inspires your work?
A huge inspiration has been George Lucas. I am the type of person who is just full of stories. I want to be able to tell them to everyone I come across. My goal is to tell stories like he does.
Why is an organization like Women In Animation important to you?
WIA is important because the organization empowers and supports women and non-binary/gender fluid folk to achieve their dreams in the industry. It’s important that an organization like this exists because it gives us a voice and provides opportunities for us to blossom.
How long have you been a member of WIA?
For a little under a year (since June, 2021)
What have you enjoyed most about being part of WIA?
I enjoyed the connections I’ve made, especially in the mentorship program, and how I’m able to connect with people in the same boat as me.
Where are you studying?
California College of the Arts, with an individualized major in Film, Animation and Illustration and a minor in Computational Practices (essentially, Coding).
What part of your studies have you enjoyed the most?
I enjoyed making new friends who are in the same field as me, and watching everyone grow as an artist. I love seeing my friends succeed in what they do, and it inspires me to do the same.
What do you see for yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
In five years, I see myself working as a 3D animator and gaining the experience I need to get where I want to be. In ten years, I see myself working my dream job, doing the things I love to do.
Any other insights or experiences regarding your pursuit of an education leading to work in animation that you would like to share with our membership?
Practice!! I cannot stress this enough. Practice your skills, put yourself out there, you got this!!