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Today we’d like to introduce you to Anh Nguyen.

Anh, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
First, a writer, second an artist, and now a producer. I have never thought that I would become a producer, it was something that just happened because I was desperate, at that time, for a change of pace. To my surprise, I have a knacked for this and love every moment of it.

From what I heard, and saw out of the old albums, the pencil was what I picked during my “THÔI NÔI”, the Vietnamese term for the first birthday ceremony. This item is supposed to represent the child future career, a spiritual guide. So here is the typical artist’s summary, I have always like to draw/write stories since I was young. During my Senior year in Highschool, I wasn’t sure of what I wanted do do. As a Vietnamese American, typically, I only really have two choices Medicine or Engineer, my family hates lawyer. I choose neither, long story short, I paid for the SAT, never took it, then never applied for any “regular” colleges except for the art college. Pissed off family, obviously, according to them being a starving artist is not a real job. Wanted to do Fine Art, changed my mind, became a CG Animator, changed my mind, wanted to join the police academy, changed my mind, and then decided to give production management a go, haven’t changed my mind yet. So, I got my BFA then an MFA. Job hunting suck but I kept at it -because the moment you stop you have lost and will want to gave up so never stop- and finally 4 months and 7 interviews later I got “the job”.

I joined Blur Studio as their Technical Animation Coordinator, met some of the best artists and was able to be part of some of the most amazing show in the industry, one of them being Love Death & Robot.

And that takes us to today, I’m the production manager at Bipolar Studio, working on CGI, VFX, VR, and Game projects. My works are my passions, so on the side, I’m also working as a freelance producer on Menino Do Rio, a short animated film by Eduardo Rufeissen. I always feel the need to give the artists a helping hand, whether it’s an advice or an extra push in the right direction, because I truly believe that eveyone have what it takes to create something amazing and sometime all they need is someone to remind them of that. And if you are wondering, if I’m still writing or drawing, the answer is yes. I’m every bit of an artist that I was. When you born an artist, there is no escaping it! But I’m just a tad lazier and definitely rusty.

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 love to paint and draw nature and everyday scenery, something that I need to get back into. I feel like life is happening too fast and sometimes we forget to slow down and appreciate what is in front of us. I want to produce more original ideas. My goal is to create more animated tv series and help artists and creators turn their ideas into reality, to see it on screen is the biggest reward and motivation that I have.

I’m currently producing a short animated film that talks about a boy that lives in the favela, the slum of Brazil. A story that brings forward the social injustice and unfortunate circumstances that children in these areas have to live through every day. Our goal is to be able to turn this into a tv series, covering not just the children in the slum of Brazil, but every slum and war-ridden area. The world is more perceptive toward a message that executes through film or animation, and I hope that through our creative ideas we too can change the world.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
The senior artists that I have had the chance to work with are doing well, they are veterans in their fields. So as long as you can establish yourself and your work, there are no shortages of work coming your way. On the other hand, if you are a junior level or just starting out. It’s definitely a lot harder to get in the industry. You either need a one-in-a-million-kickass-portfolio or a lot of luck and someone to get you in.

Social media has made jobs more accessible to artists but only for those who know how to market themselves. This is not something that most artists are good at. Therefore, if you want to make it as an artist learned not only your trade but others as well. Be a business person, a marketing person, and be persistent and stubborn.

It would be great if LA or any other cities have a free artists network program that can help support struggling artists. There are guilds and organization in the industry and if you truly want to get in the industry make use of these organization. Here are a few that I know of: Woman In Animation, Animation Guild, CartoonBrew, CTN Expo, Lightbox Expo, etcs. A simple google search can help tremendously!

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?
I’ll leave my website and LinkedIn information below. I’m always available online if anyone needs to chat or want to exchange ideas.

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Image Credit:
Menino do Rio art by Yudai (Krittachai Srijugawan)

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