The Spanish illustrator and 2D/stop-motion animator discusses the journey she took to Canada to pursue her animation career, how she found work, and her ultimate decision to return to Spain.
Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way. Now home to 159 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more.
Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.
His most recent interview is Episode 159: Alba Medinyà's Journey from Spain to Canada in Pursuit of Stop-Motion
This episode features Spanish illustrator and 2D/stop-motion animator Alba Medinyà, who left Spain in 2018 to pursue a career in animation in Canada. In this chat, she details the entire process of leaving Europe, finding stop-motion animation work in Canada, and deciding to move back to Spain in 2021.
Tune in to Ibele and Medinyà to hear:
- What the visa process is like from Europe to Canada
- How she connected with studios when she didn’t know anyone (or even the language)
- The ups and downs of pursuing your dream in a foreign country
- Follow Medinyà on Instagram
Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard, deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design and animation.
In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.