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Meet Jennifer Lundstrom of TheKeyThief in Chatsworth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Lundstrom.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jennifer. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
As a kid I was always fascinated with animals, especially drawing them. I loved making up stories for them and sharing them with my family. Then, one viewing of Disney’s The Lion King and Amblimation’s Balto, I was completely enamored with the idea of making things move. I wanted to bring the characters I drew on paper to life, like I had seen in animated films. Most of all, I wanted to share my stories with others.

From then on, you couldn’t get me to stop drawing. As time went on, I grew both as an artist and as an individual. I freelanced for a period of time after graduating high school, doing work for writers and producers on TV shows that I loved, all while developing my skills. However, I wasn’t doing what I loved yet, sharing my stories with others and helping others feel more understood.

In 2016, I quit my job and put a pause on freelancing to attend Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, joining their brand new Animation program under the Entertainment Design track. I wanted to learn more. I wanted to pursue my dreams, and I knew Art Center could help me do it.

Through my time in college, I’ve had wonderful experiences, met amazing people and made life long friends. I’m in my senior year at Art Center, and look forward to graduating in Spring 2020.

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?
As a kid, I was sick a lot. Growing up doctors couldn’t tell what was wrong with me, but I was plagued with headaches and crippling migraines which kept me from having a normal childhood. My only outlet was drawing, exploring worlds I imagined on my own instead of being outside exploring the real world.

Eventually, it became clear that I had an anxiety/panic disorder, which went undiagnosed by my doctors growing up. No one could imagine a little kid could have issues like this. Now, I know myself better and have been able to manage my anxiety and have a successful artistic career.

Through the challenges though, I’ve always had an amazing support system from my friends and family. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Tell us more about your work.
I freelance independently and have for nearly ten years. I’ve done work from CW producers, directors, and writers.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Something I’ve learned from both working, and from Art Center is that you can’t get anywhere being an asshole. If you’re unwilling to talk, understand or at least respect those around you, no one is going to want to work with you. Good communication skills are integral to a successful career in any field, creative or not. Also, it takes twice as much effort to be a jerk then it does to just be a nice human being.

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