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Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexa Seidner.

Alexa, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Growing up, there was always a part of me that knew I wanted to become an artist as I was very much interested in animation and the story behind it. You should just ask my mother; she has saved all of my drawings as well as my collection of VHS Disney tapes and DVDs! Perhaps my interest was due to my parents’ artistic backgrounds, respectively an Architect and Calligrapher and the opportunities they provided me to explore my creative side. My high school in upstate New York offered several animation electives and I made sure that I took them all and was even accepted into the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) Media Arts Program – which sealed the deal about what I would concentrate on in college.

It wasn’t until I attended Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for Film and Animation that I figured out that my passion was in the area of Storyboarding. I had a couple of mentors that helped me develop my skill and guide me through the process. Every day was a learning opportunity. After graduating RIT, I made the move on my own from upstate New York to Burbank, California. Getting my foot in the door initially wasn’t easy nor was finding a part-time job to support myself while I was trying to get established.

My perseverance paid off and I was able to land several freelance gigs as a Storyboard Artist over a year’s time at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and Oddbot. I am ever so thankful for the opportunity that I was given to learn boarding techniques. I even got to dabble a bit in visual effects when I was at Stoopid Buddy. My first long-term position was with Disney TVA as a Storyboard Revisionist on “The Lion Guard”! Working on that show was such a great learning experience. I’ve had supportive directors and line producers who helped me to further hone my craft and become a stronger board artist. I soon moved onto another Disney Junior show, “Puppy Dog Pals”, at Wild Canary as a revisionist. I have been very lucky to be surrounded by wonderful crew members who help make the work environment fun. I am so very grateful to have such wonderful opportunities on both shows and to have amazing mentors, including my incredible mentor from the Woman in Animation program, who helped encourage my pursuing becoming a full-time board artist.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a storyboard artist/revisionist and am very proud of the work that I have done for the studios I have been fortunate to be a crew member on. I have created boards for a live-action movie, stop-motion, 2D and 3D animated series. Being a revisionist involves working with the director’s notes after the original boards are reviewed and creating/redrawing those changes to make the story flow better, so that they are on-model and are ready for production. I always get excited to see my name in the credits of a show.

I also work on my own personal projects. I absolutely love telling stories with my characters that I design and get such joy out of expressing myself through my creativity. I have always been fascinated with fairy tales and Greek mythology and I love to use them as inspiration for my artwork. I mainly focus on telling my stories through storyboarding, as it allows me to dive deeper into the minds of my characters and show their thinking through different situations. There’s just something about getting to explore a character’s mind and emotions that brings me such joy to storyboard.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I am not sure whether the roles of men and women have changed much in the animation industry for artists entirely. I do see more and more women getting hired for positions. We are very lucky to have the Women in Animation organization available to us in helping to promote and mentor talent within the industry. I have been very fortunate to have been involved in a couple of storyboard mentorship programs through them. On another note, the role of an artist now has a presence in social media and it is an excellent platform to get your work noticed.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Currently my work is just viewable on Instagram, @starrybookknight, and my personal website, I certainly do my best to update my artwork as much as possible outside my work hours. It’d be absolutely amazing one day to create an art piece for an exhibition to get my work more openly noticed. It’s definitely a goal of mine that I strive for.

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Profile picture: Mickey Pop-Up Event, Downtown Disneyland
Alexa Seidner; Disney Junior’s “The Lion Guard” Season 2, Episode 29 “Fire in the Sky”

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