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Rising Stars: Meet Kenae Lowry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenae Lowry.

Hi Kenae, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’m a Storyboard Artist from Richmond, Virginia. I originally started out in the industry as a 3D Environment Artist, primarily working for indie games. I did my undergrad at Ringling College of Art and Design with a degree in Game Art and Design. After a couple of years, I received my Masters in Animation from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. As of today, I am currently working as a storyboard artist. While the transition from 3D environment to board artist may seem drastic change, it really isn’t. From the beginning, I’ve always used drawing in my 3D work and vice versa. What started the change was my need to draw more than what I already doing that won out in the end. I originally became an Environment artist because I wanted a career path that was interchangeable with games, movies, and television. When working on small indie projects, you tend to wear more than one hat at a time. Because of that, I was able to discover that I really enjoyed the process of making animatics in the pre-production phase early in my career. From there, I simply started to make the transition into becoming a board artist upon realizing how much I missed drawing. I’m currently in LA working at Netflix Animation.

Alright, 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?
Definitely not smooth, I couldn’t get any of the jobs that I wanted initially right out of school. And the gigs that I did get or negotiated to get, there was always some issue with money. Either the pay was insanely little or they would rope you in with the promise to pay, only to come back with their own personal currency called “exposure”. Which oddly enough, cannot be exchanged at any grocery store to my current knowledge. Between that and looking after my parents, I felt like I was falling and It honestly took years before I was able to catch myself and apply to grad school.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m mostly known for my 3D Environment work even during my time in undergrad. I would mostly be doing 3D work for clients on the side for the extra income and because I believed in their work, so I was happy to lend a hand any way I could. I’m proud to say that now I’m a full-time storyboard artist and that I’m very blessed to say that so far, every project I’ve been on has been better than the last. Being African-American and tall, growing up I always had these voices of other people telling me what I need to do and what I need to be to gain success after high school. I’ve played sports all my life, so it was obvious to everyone around me I needed to pursue that career path in order to go to college and be anything. But never ask my opinion about what I want to do nor did that talk about possible careers after college. I love sports to this day, but I didn’t want that to be my entire life. I’m very lucky that the two most important people in my life, my parents, listened and pushed me towards my life goals of working in the industry today. I’m very proud to be a part of this wave of content starring people that look like me and that have shared some of the same life experiences that I have and have the privilege to tell these stories.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
People can get in contact with me through LinkedIn or my personal email.

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