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Meet Annisa Adjani of Lemonisa in Highland Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Annisa Adjani.

Annisa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia until I was about nine years old. I then moved to the states and have pretty much lived here since then so I’d say I’m your typical Asian American immigrant in that sense. I did a lot of growing up in Texas, went to college in Savannah, Georgia, and then I pursued an animation career in Los Angeles. I’ve been working in animation for about ten years now.

Has it been a smooth road?
Has anyone had a smooth road. I grew up in Texas as an Asian, Muslim girl so let’s start the struggles there. Other than your usual identity crisis as an immigrant growing up in America, there are also the more general struggles applicable to anyone growing up. Then there’s also the struggle of an artist growing their craft. That’s a whole other beast because you have the struggle of honing your skills in a technical sense and also shaping your tastes. Just moving to LA was a struggle. Living in some rando’s living room in craigslist wasn’t great but it was still a place to sleep at! THEN we get to the industry itself… There’s a lot of fun struggle there as a woman. I had a lot of challenges getting my foot in the door as well as I had no connections. Regardless, I’m at the end of the day very lucky because I made it in, I feel pretty established in my career, and I’ve met so many great people along the way. The struggle was there, but no one is without struggle. I, for one, am fortunate enough to have been able reap the benefits.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lemonisa – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I specialize in… Production art! If you need me to visualize a story you have in your head (or on paper), then I’m your guy.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I’m really hungry right now so I would say what I like best about the city is either Simpang Asia or Dan Sung Sa. My least favorite is a toss up between the air quality and the 101.

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