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The Creators Society

Freelance vs Big Studios: Navigating a Career in Animation

Presented by: The Creators Society Production Branch
Hosted by: New York Film Academy

Thurs. Aug. 8th starting at 7PM
at New York Film Academy

3300 W. Riverside Dr. - Burbank, CA

The landscape of today’s animation industry has seen so much change in the last few years. While streaming platforms are on the rise, traditional distribution like TV and features remain as strong as ever. There are plenty of opportunities for those looking to make a career for themselves in animation, but how do you do that? Should you try to be part of a big studio's crew? Or, with professional level technology more accessible than ever before, do you try your hand at freelancing? Is it possible to do both? What are the options? Our panel of industry veterans will discuss these topics and more in order to help shed some light on how to find your career path in animation.


(In alphabetical order)

Liz Climo

Liz Climo has worked in animation as a writer, storyboard artist, layout artist, and animator on shows like The Simpsons, Harvey Beaks, and The Simpsons Movie. She is also the writer and illustrator of the Rory the Dinosaur series of children's books, as well as You Don't Want A Unicorn, Lobster is the Best Medicine, and other titles.

Daniel Hashimoto "Hashi"

For nearly a decade, Daniel “Hashi” Hashimoto worked for DreamWorks Animation's visual development team. Since 2014, Hashi has been using his VFX skills to turn his young son, James’ playtime into the viral web-series "Action Movie Kid" with over a million followers across social media. He's partnered with Disney, Lucasfilm, Warner Brothers, Target and Toys 'R' Us in commercial campaigns, and is now a Senior Content Creator at Red Giant, creating their series "Cheap Tricks". Hashi still consults for animation studios on upcoming feature film projects and is developing new and fun ideas with his writing partners.


Melody Severns

Melody Severns started her career interning at Film Roman and moved into the role of layout artist on The Simpsons (both the show and movie). She's worked in production management on Monster High, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and DC Superhero Girls. She is also the founder and head of Girls Drawin' Girls, an art organization dedicated to promoting the work female artists in the animation industry.

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