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Meet Eaza Shukla of Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eaza Shukla.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in India and moved to the US after high school to attend Ringling College of Art & Design. Film, art, and TV have always played a significant role in my life, and I wished to contribute to it. I knew little of how the magic was created on screen but was determined to be a part of it. This pushed me to pursue an education in computer animation. While at Ringling I was able to learn and grow as a visual storyteller and got to create my own animated short film. I moved to LA upon graduation and am currently working as a trainee at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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 hasn’t been a smooth road; it definitely took a lot of courage and a giant leap of faith to move to a foreign country, by myself, in pursuit of my dreams. It was difficult to navigate through a new life so far away from home, but I’m glad I persisted. It has really helped me explore incredible opportunities and evolve.

What has been your proudest moment?
My proudest moment was to receive a Student Academy Award for my animated short film Re-Gifted. It was quite surreal to get on the stage and say the words, “I would like to thank the Academy…”

I had created the short for my senior thesis at Ringling College. The film is very special to me, and it has been heartening to see how it has struck a chord with the viewers.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
No one specific memory comes to mind. It’s odd how the ones I reminisce most fondly are the mundane ones- returning from school to the most amazing home cooked meals, falling asleep on my grandmother’s lap while watching soap operas, spending summers biking through the streets conquering imaginary worlds and of course, celebrating the many, many Indian festivals immersed in song and dance.

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