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Conversations with the Inspiring Belen Rose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Belen Rose.

So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a Los Angeles-based animation artist and enthusiast originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have worked on various projects in character design, story art, and animation.

Animation has always been a passion of mine. I’ve drawn for my entire life growing up even before I could write my name and watched hundreds, if not thousands, of animated movies which inspired and molded me into who I am today as an artist. I would often get in trouble at school for drawing in class—but don’t worry, I got good grades I promise! When I became a teenager, I started looking at animation as a possible career and not only as a mere hobby.

I have pursued training in all manner of visual arts with a heavy emphasis on character design, storyboarding, and conceptual development. I had the privilege of being instructed directly by some of the foremost names in animation (Tony Bancroft, Karl Gnass), and given opportunities to put my education to work with real-world assignments and projects requiring a wealth of experience and self-taught skills. I graduated with a BA degree in Communications with an emphasis in electronic media at The Master’s University, California.

Today, I am a freelance artist who not only does animation but photography as well. Along with my husband, we both do photography of all types—from wedding photography, engagement, portraits—you name it! I love how photography and animation are two powerful visual mediums to communicate a compelling story.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not always been easy from a financial point of view. There will be months were the workflow may vary and it may not be as strong as others. But in my opinion, financial challenges should not be a dead end. It may be an obstacle sometimes, but it should not be a dream killer by any means. Because when you find joy and contentment in what you do, it should not discourage you but rather lead you to thrive in the journey.

My advice for other women who are starting their journey would be: Don’t give up and work hard to pursue your dreams! Don’t let anybody tell you that you are not good enough at what you do or define your limits. Always remember to dream BIG! If something I have learned along the way from successful artists is that you are responsible for your outcome. No one will do the work for you. You have to step up and work hard until you accomplish your dreams and goals in life. Don’t let another day pass and start acting today!

Someone I look up to greatly in the animation industry once said, “A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” — Walt Disney.

Please tell us more about your artwork, what you are currently focused on and most proud of. What sets you apart from the competition?
I am an animation artist, photographer, and videographer. Even though I find joy in doing all of these, I would have to say that animation is my greatest passion and the one I find pleasure and joy the most. Character design is my expertise, but I am also experienced in storyboarding and all forms of visual development.

I find tremendous joy in being able to use multimedia as a form to not only communicate a message but to impact the lives of many. I am an extremely visual person, as you can probably tell, which I think in part comes from the influence of my parents who are both artists and art professors themselves, so this was something I was exposed to from a young age. I also have an adventurous spirit and curiosity for the unknown, which means I love traveling and discovering new places, cultures, and people. There is so much to learn! And I love the fact that it gives me a deep well from which to draw creativity and imagination.

On top of all of this, my greatest source of inspiration comes from going outside in nature and spending time in the creation of the greatest artist of all—God Himself.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
Not that I have experienced it myself, but I know female artists can sometimes have a hard time finding a job in an industry that was historically predominantly male. But, I will say it is encouraging to see how this has been changing for the better in recent times by opening more doors and opportunities to women in the business world.

Pricing:

  • Art commissions generally range from $100-200 depending on the project.
  • Hour-long photo sessions go for $300.
  • Wedding photography starts at $1,200.

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Image Credit:
David & Belen Rose Photography

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