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Check Out Joshua Borja’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joshua Borja.

Hi Joshua, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’m just a kid from Norwalk enamored with the animation industry. Currently, I’m freelancing as an illustrator and graphic designer while studying Illustration full-time at Fullerton College. At the end of 2019, I left my job doing social media and decided to pursue my dream of working in animation. Since then, I’ve been lucky and determined enough to keep inching my way closer and closer to that goal.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road so far has definitely been a bit of a struggle but I’m not one to shy away from a challenge. I studied English and Music at UC Davis and initially, I thought I wanted to be an editor for a music magazine. I did some editing and copywriting for a medical company for a bit and then quickly realized that path wasn’t for me. For a while, it felt like a waste of my degrees but the more I learn about the art industry the more I realize it’s all useful, especially when the ultimate goal is to pitch my own animated properties. Since then, I’ve been focusing more on art and I’ve been lucky enough to have a fiancee, friends, and family that have been completely supportive of me the entire way.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I primarily work on backgrounds for animation. I’ve played in a few different indie rock bands and have been lucky enough to travel around a bit playing music and I think that’s definitely influenced a lot of my work. Most of the places we played at would be super grimy and have a bit of a seedy feel to them. I try to express that in my art. Most places, at least in my mind, are imperfect, they’re dark and dirty, they’ve got cracks and mismatched textures, and they’re absolutely filled with character. I don’t want to create perfect scenery, I want to create worlds with gritty personalities.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
In five years, I see myself creating art for a studio. On the side, I’ll be making music focused comics and writing indie rock in my bedroom. I’m hoping to have a full family by then so who knows how much time I’ll actually have. I’ll absolutely be working on pitching a series to anyone that will give me the time of day!

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Portrait Photography by Bryant Genuino

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