Anyone here working at Dreamworks Animation, @disney studios, @cartoon network Dreamworks Animation or Nickelodeon

My 19yo daughter is attending a State school for animation and she’s worried that it’s not a top school for job placement. Her professor pointed out that she’s “too talented” for the school she’s at now. She’s thinking to transfer to a top school in California or FL

I’m looking for creatives working in animation field or related who can provide some mentorship to my daughter.

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Hey, that's awesome that your daughter is showing so much potential but this may not be the best bowl to ask for mentors in that field. Maybe check out the Entertainment or Creatives bowl for a better chance. Wish you the best though!

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If you're interested in a referral I would consider taking this post over to the Job Referrals bowl, it's pretty active and someone there might know someone: https://www.fishbowlapp.com/bowl/job-referrals-qif9-5

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Good luck to you and your daughter!

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Does she have a portfolio/work experience? You might be surprised how easy it is to find people who work at these companies, send them a message, and get them to set up a meeting or just chat with your daughter for a little bit. There are a lot of people in the industry eager to help out young promising talent.

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👆Absolutely this. Have her DM 10 people on LinkedIn, animators, producers or creatives working at these companies asking for “advice” (people love giving advice) and probably 2+ will respond.

Although going to a top school can certainly help her chances of landing a job at one of those companies, what really matters is that she has a top-notch portfolio and a few internships or paid experiences during her time in college. Plus, anyone can do online networking regardless of what school they go to, and her field is already mostly digital so she can find opportunities from anywhere in the world.

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Yes and no. Being at a top school does increase your chances of getting a top notch portfolio because
a) you have the right mentors who tell you your work is sht and make it better,
b) you have the right in-class competition that makes you even more ambitious,
c) it gets you noticed out of hundreds of applications

There’s a small percentage of very admirable people who don’t need it but those are rare in my experience. It’s a lot of work to have that discipline to seek the right criticism to get better.

Mediocre schools have teachers who don’t push you hard enough and classmates who would rather party/be complacent than work.

I’ve been to those good schools in Europe and we were extremely competitive nerds with teachers who would rip our work and build us up, and it does pay off when looking for a job.

Thank you everyone for the replies!
I realized after I posted that this bowl was Marketing and so I crossover to other bowls.
I sincerely appreciate everyone who took time to respond!

I have a friend who’s an animator at Disney. He went to the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA. It can be pretty pricy but he said it was worth it and was pivotal in helping him get into his career at Disney.

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I have a classmate that was so talented, he was plucked out of school and didn’t finish. Worked in animation and special effects. I think it’s worth to publish your work online visible to public and people who are in the business will notice the talent.

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