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Meet Izabella Anguiano Jacobs of California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita

Today we’d like to introduce you to Izabella Anguiano Jacobs.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m initially from the Bay Area, and I was raised around creative minds and souls. My family was filled with sculptors, painters, and woodcarvers, so of course, that environment impacted me. Academics were never my strong suit, so my passions became drawing and painting. As my art grew, I realized I could use these talents to tell my own stories. My interest in animation came from watching animated student films online. I learned that a majority that I’ve watched was produced at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). It helped me spark my interest in storytelling and filmmaking, so I chose CalArts when deciding on a college. It took me a long time and more than one time applying, but my stubbornness and dedication got me into their Character Animation program. It’s been a fantastic experience so far, and I’m growing so much personally and creatively.

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?
For me, I was very young when I decided to pursue a career in animation. I struggled with academics heavily, so I really dedicated myself to art to prove that I could accomplish something. It takes a lot of dedication, and I’ll always be learning and growing and improving myself. It’s a constant battle and a love-hate relationship, but the struggle is still rewarding, even if momentarily.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Currently, I’m a sophomore studying at CalArts in their Character animation program. I have freelanced in the past; Taking on commissions for personal clients and holding galleries shows to sell my paintings on more than one occasion. I’m making my way to the actual Los Angeles animation industry, and I am working towards having a position with a studio soon. My goal career is working on animated films and television—specifically in visual development and storyboarding. I’m happy with the work I’ve completed and accomplished on an individual level. Still, I would love to work in a more collaborative environment.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I’m always aiming to push myself past my limits. I can never stay stagnant for too long without the urge to brainstorm a new project or experiment with different art techniques. In all honesty, my work ethic is a combination of my deep-rooted fear of not accomplishing enough and the passion for creating stories through animation or illustration.

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