Yesterday marked my five year anniversary at Dreamworks Animation. It is hard to believe how much my life and career have changed since I got here. I have learned more than I can imagine, and it feels like my journey is just beginning!
I came to Dreamworks for a few reasons. One was because I had been in New Zealand for over four years and missed my family. Another was my desire to continue my animation education surrounded by some of the best character animators in the world. I had a great desire to focus exclusively on animation and not do any technical (rigging) work, and I knew that since Dreamworks was a propeiatary platform there wouldn’t be any way I could get sucked into that side of things again.
I came to learn, to absorb, to grow, and to become the best animator I could be.
Over the course of the past five years I have animated, supervised, worked closely with the rigging and development teams, spoken at events, given interviews, travelled, taught classes, brainstormed for the future of animation, and now I am heading up the character animation department for a new show. I have also bought and sold houses, performed major renovations, had two amazing children, and daily get the best hugs and cuddles ever invented.
Life is really quite wonderful and I can’t wait to see what comes in the next five years!
Thanks to my lovely family, my great friends, and to the people at Dreamworks for giving me opportunities and support beyond what I had ever dreamed.