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Beyond Animation: What's Next for Creative Graduates?
Graduating as a creative and not knowing what's next?
Breaking into the industry and finding a first job is a daunting task, even more so during the pandemic!
We have seen students graduate, vying for jobs from the big animation companies, but have also seen others that have taken alternative paths, joining production houses, advertising agencies and so on.
This Q&A Panel focuses on speakers from animation and creative companies who have found different paths to build their careers.
We hope this panel inspires you to find your own path as a fresh creative graduate or a budding creative!
Born and raised in Singapore, Motion Designer Benjamin Ang worked both in Singapore and Los Angeles, California and founder of Genesis in 2015. Genesis is now 12 strong and humbled to be internationally recognised (ie, Webby Award Nominee, W3 Awards Best of Show, idN Magazine) and does work for international brands such as Facebook, McDonald's, Disney, Riot Games, Razer, ASUS, MSI, etc.
Benjamin pursues giving back to the design community by giving talks in regional design events (ie, Graphika Manila), YouTube channels (ie, The Futur) and schools. He also curates high-quality work on the Motion Designers Community's Facebook and was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2020 (Media, Marketing & Advertising category).
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Wei Choon is a visual storyteller, illustrator and content creator. He is most known for being one of the two founders of The Woke Salaryman, a Singapore-based social media page that creates comics and articles about personal finance. The Woke Salaryman is focused on making personal finance more interesting and accessible for beginners and young people.
Wei Choon is interested in talking about balancing money/career with passion/meaning. His current dream is to one day create a horror/comedy comic strip.
Jolene Tan is an animator-illustrator who enjoys a cup of tea on both good and bad days. She is currently the animation lead of O+ at OGS, which has earned a Motionographer award among others. During her free time, she enjoys collaborating with local musicians like M1LDL1FE, illustrating various places and most of all, sleeping.
Sarah Cheok is an animation filmmaker who is passionate about all things animation and is a graduate of the BA (Hons) Animation Art programme at LASALLE College of the Arts.
Her film The Growth has been showcased locally at Cartoons Underground and Digicon6, winning the Best Singapore Student Animation, and the Next Generation Award respectively.
Sarah is an art director and creative lead at Finding Pictures. She has art directed Mediacorp productions including Michael Chiang's Mixed Signals directed by Beatrice Chia-Richmond and animated TV series The Adventures of Luggy and Zippy, and is currently working on an animated tv series with Finding Pictures.
hosts and panelist
Brand Engagement Lead at Cartoons Underground
MIQ Digital Creative Lead
Athira is a Singapore-based Creative Designer, currently in the AdTech playing field at MiQ Digital SEA.
With a background in 3D Animation, Athira constantly engages herself with artsy non-profit events and creative festivals that help to promote local artists.
On the side, she is a Brand Engagement Lead for Cartoons Underground, Southeast Asia's largest Animation festival. Her passion for the craft has led her to start her own community and journaling brand at Luna's Labyrinth.
Co-founder, Finding Pictures
Head of Design, Cartoons Underground
Jia Lee is a triple threat – a designer, illustrator, and animator. She is the co-founder of the Cannes-nominated animation studio, Finding Pictures.
Finding Pictures is a Singaporean animation studio founded by filmmakers and designers, that is constantly exploring new ways to tell stories and communicate ideas. Its independent films have screened at the Cannes Film Festival and Annecy International Film Festival.
Jia has collaborated with clients such as Apple, National Gallery Singapore, and Singapore Writer’s Festival. Recent projects include the key art and branding for the 2020 Singapore International Film Festival, and the key art for Busan-nominated feature film Tiong Bahru Social Club. She is currently writing and producing an animated tv series with Finding Pictures.
Lingual knew from a young age her passion lies within the film and media sector. Her industry experience spans from Artiste Management, Film Producing to Post Production. With a firm belief that Singapore has what it takes to gain a strong stakehold internationally, she constantly find ways to assist and market local talents throughout her career. Whether it be raising awareness to support local talents, or developing ideas to market our talents overseas, her goal is to ensure we all grow as an industry.
Today, she is making an impact in the youth community fuelling their passion and aspirations, helping them develop their craft, and handshake them to the industry. Intrinsically-driven, her greatest satisfaction comes from bringing value to her work and in people's lives.
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