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Life & Work with Kenet Garcia Rojas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenet Garcia Rojas.

Hi Kenet, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My story begins in Mexico. I was raised in Morelia, Michoacán. I grew up watching and being inspired by cartoons like Looney Tunes, The Simpsons, The Powerpuff Girls, Spongebob, and Japanese animation like Card Captor Sakura. I’m grateful that throughout my life, I have been encouraged by my family to pursue art. In 2014, I made the difficult decision to leave Mexico to immigrate to Los Angeles to pursue my career. I received an Associate’s Degree in animation at East Los Angeles College and later transferred to Art Center College of Design to continue studying animation and receive my Bachelor.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
One of the struggles I encountered was adjusting to U.S. culture. I learned that people in the U.S. are more reserved, so it took some getting used to the rhythm of life and also making friends. However, the biggest obstacle is being able to afford the crazy tuition and cost of living in LA.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a story artist, I create visual sequences and story moments by drawing. Think of it as a director: managing camera direction and character’s performance on paper. In school, I was taught to do a bit of everything but I personally found storyboarding to be one of the hardest but most fulfilling parts in the animation pipeline. I also enjoy developing characters and going deeper into what makes them unique, what do they like or dislike, and most importantly what they are learning along on their journey. As a queer person of color, I want to create and share stories that have been silenced in cartoons in the past. So far, I can say I’m proud of my journey and my progress towards my goal of creating cartoons to inspire other kids like how they inspired me.

How do you define success?
This is definitely a term hard to define. For me, success comes after being able to visually transmit a message filled with emotion. However, success doesn’t come without failure.

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