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Meet Yunjin Cho

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yunjin Cho.

Yunjin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I moved to LA from South Korea when I was 13. As a child, I was always drawn to spending my time crafting and doodling. I knew that I wanted to do something creative for my career but was never really determined to choose my path until a year later, I graduated high school. I started taking life drawing classes with a friend nearby my place as a new hobby and that’s where I began to think of going to an art school for college.

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?
Even in college, it took me a while to choose to pursue a Motion graphics major until I felt that a form of art/ design that ‘moves’ could have a different impact on its audience, whether it’s an animated film or TV commercials or social ads. The idea of making my design move just seemed really cool! After graduating with a Motion graphics major, I began to dab on all kinds of motion design skills and styles for my career. I started out working at movie trailer companies, then a sports broadcast company(NFL) and Advertisement agencies. Thankfully, I think I was able to have a pretty smooth road so far because I wasn’t picky on choosing jobs and was never afraid of exploring different genres in the industry. I truly enjoyed working and exploring at different places under a big Motion Design career umbrella.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m currently working at an advertisement agency named Decoded as an animator/designer. I try to balance out between work and personal work, which becomes the fuel of my creative energy. I realized from the earlier phase of my career that I can’t always work on what I want to work on that suits my style, skills, and aesthetic. It is important for me to spend my time on doing what I like doing- illustration, 3D exploration, cel animation.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
There were a couple of proud moments in my career and that includes seeing my title design for a film get chosen and seeing advertisements I worked on come to life on TV. But I’d say the honest proud moment for me was when I realized that I have actually grown a lot since I started my career! The fact that I cringe on some of my past work that I’ve done means that I’ve grown and become better at it! Or it’s simply those moment*s where I realize that it only took half the time that it used to take me on create something. It’s these moments when I’m proud of myself.

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