Kim is our most recent addition to the team. We asked her to share her thoughts on making the big move from New York to Florida.
In her own words:
I recently relocated to the Tampa area from Syracuse, NY. Change can be scary, but it can also be a great opportunity for new experiences. I graduated from a school near Rochester, NY with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Throughout school, I focused more on film than news and after graduating, I went on to make a couple of documentaries in my free time and work for a TV station for a year. I always knew that I didn't want to stay in the TV world forever, but I never expected to find myself working in an animation studio.
Having a live action background in film and tv has created a very unique experience for me as a production assistant at Echo Bridge. Animation creates a much more creative environment than other mediums. While live action can be creative, it is often straightforward; especially in news or local programming. Animation appreciates art in a different way than live action does-it takes it back to the basics of pen and paper (okay, now-a-days it's computer and stylus, but close enough). Animators think differently than a lot of people because their minds are constantly flowing with creative juice; which makes for a fun work environment. There's always someone to bounce ideas off of and there's hardly a dull moment. I feel so lucky to have had an opportunity to work in a different medium because it allows me to grow in a way that I never would if I only stayed with what I already knew.
Something I really enjoy about Echo Bridge is the size; it's a small studio so you work closely with everyone and actually have the opportunity to get to know them. In my previous job, I did know the whole production crew, but I wouldn't see all of them every time I was in. I could go a whole week or two without seeing some of the producers. I also used to work in a team with five other production assistants and even though we all got along it would sometimes feel competitive, which adds stress to any job. I am currently the only production assistant at Echo Bridge and I collaborate very closely with the production coordinator. It's so nice to be a part of a smaller production team because I feel as if I have more of an impact than I was able to have in a larger studio with a lot more hands.
I'm glad that Echo Bridge is my first experience with an animation studio because coming to work here everyday is making Florida start to feel like home.