Creative Mind Podcast Episode 30: Kim Ferrari on Jumpstarting an Animation Career

“Dive in and make yourself available because there is a tendency as an artist to just try and hone your skills before you put your vulnerable self out there.  So what if the first two rounds don’t go that well? You’re going to learn a ton from them and keep building.”

On this episode of Creative Mind, we talk about Kim’s journey right out of school to landing a role that is both rewarding to her and children. Kim Ferrari, who received her Master of Art in 2D Animation from Academy of Art‘s School of Animation & Visual Effects knows first-hand that a career as an animator is a marathon of twists and turns.

No Need to Wait Too Long to Make that Dream Happen

Before she even graduated, she was working at Bento Box Entertainment in Atlanta, GA finishing up her degree online and her thesis film Sisters—co-produced with her sister Ciara and available on Academy Flix—all at the same time. What seems like an impossible quest is just how the precarious work-life balance is for a freelance artist. 

From the jump, Kim worked at some eclectic animation houses including Titmouse, Ghostbot and others. Her credits include the shows The Awesomes, Future Worm, Whisker Haven Tales and other corporate clients. But it is her role now, lead animator for Duck Duck Moose/Khan Academy where Kim was able to find a home and be the animator and mentor she wants to be.

With the release of Khan Academy Kids, she has been able to put her love for education to use as well as be everyone’s favorite manager. 


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