Starting Out

Starting Out

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Interested in exploring a career as a professional creative such as a fine artist, filmmaker, animator, writer, etc? In this channel, come explore a selection of creative talks on what it’s like to begin your path towards a creative career.

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Starting Out
  • The VIPs of Self-Publishing

    1 season

    Join independent publisher and founder of Vantage Inhouse Victor Dandridge in this series of talks about the IP, self-publishing and all of the nuances leading to successfully self-publishing.

  • This and That with Jacqui C Smith

    1 season

    Join illustrator, muralist and creator Jacqui C Smith in this 6 part series that dives into the nuances and possibilities of being a creator who crosses different media.

    New episodes, released Wednesdays.

  • Creator Stories: Sarah Bodner

    About the Creator:
    Sarah Bodnar is a stay-at-home mom living in Plattsburgh, NY with her two small kiddos and husband. She graduated from Huntington University with a BS in Digital Media Art: Animation in 2012. In 2014 she began Smelly Faces from her bedroom in a small apartment.

    She has a supr...

  • In Conversation With Lora Innes Part 2

    Creator Bio: My career is a 360 degree loop. Animated movies were my first love as an artist so I majored in animation at the Columbus College of Art and Design. But all of the major studios shut down their 2D productions while I was in school and either moved those divisions overseas or switched...

  • Pt 1 Origin Story

    Creating a video game is challenging, let alone growing into an independent studio as well. In this two part series, cofounder of Decoy Games Khalil Abdullah answers your questions about the challenges, successes and lessons learned along the way.

    About the Artist
    Khalil Abdullah – Gaming since...

  • Publishing Independently with Sarah Mensinga

    Sarah Mensinga is an author and illustrator working in children’s literature and animation.

    The Box, Currently, The Forever Box - Flight 4, The Changeling - Flight 5, Above - Parable, Fish - Fablewood

    Film and TV Credits
    Escape From Planet Earth, Unconditional, The Ant Bully, The ...

  • How to Open Doors

    1 season

  • Pt 2 Challenges & Advice

    About the Artist
    Khalil Abdullah – Gaming since age 4, Khalil has always had a deep interest for playing games. Whether it be from the large collection of sports, party, and JRPGs, he always had a game to keep him busy. Once graduating high school Khalil knew he wanted to now transition into ma...

  • So You Want To Work In Animation

    1 season

    How exactly do I get a job in animation? In this 2 part conversation, we sit down with three experts in the world of animation recruitment and talent development to discuss the nuances of going after and getting professional animation jobs.

    Featured Panelists:
    Shannon Smith - Producer - Family ...

  • Filmmaking for Beginners

    1 season

    About the creator:
    Alana Marie is a storyteller and digital content creator from St. Louis, MO. Her passion for storytelling stems from her belief in everyone having a story, everything having a meaning, and every experience serving a purpose.

    Alana recently completed production of her first fe...

  • Get out and Film

    1 season

    In this series of creator talks, filmmaker Caleb Haydock goes in depth on the process of getting out of a creative comfort zone to create a professional project in film and other creative genres.