It’s no secret that our animators are the backbone of Jumbla. Our creatives and their great work is the reason that Jumbla is able to maintain and develop its reputation as a globally competitive creative studio. So, of course, we love to show off about how amazing they are.
Jeric, one of our star animators, graduated from Swinburne with a Bachelor in Digital Media Design in 2014. He’d always loved drawing and cartoons – and after dabbling in animation in uni, he realised he wanted to pursue it as a career. He began interning here at Jumbla fresh out of uni in 2015, where he was mentored by the creatives to expand his animation knowledge, and advance his skills. Jeric excelled during his internship, and after just one month, he was hired at Jumbla full time – specialising in 2D animation and illustration. Now, he’s an intern mentor himself – and passes down his knowledge to aspiring animators.
He’s moved up the ranks pretty quickly, and it’s no wonder – he’s been a star student for while, and sheepishly admits that he was ‘a pretty high achieving student… I guess.’ Testament to this, Jeric was recently honoured by Swinburne University, who invited him to deliver a speech to the current animation students about his experience at Jumbla, and getting a foot in the door in the industry.
Jeric’s come a long way in a short amount of time – and Jumbla’s helped him along a lot. ‘I’ve learnt so much from working in the industry, and am continuing to learn heaps. It’s helped me by pushing me to be a better designer and animator.’
The advice Jeric gives to aspiring students who want to make it in the industry doesn’t only apply to animators – these are valuable words, no matter what your goals are. ‘Push towards your dream and work hard – ignore those who try to tell you that you won’t find a job. Also, ask a lot of questions – don’t pretend to get it, if you don’t understand something. I’m a big question asker, if I want to learn something I’ll always try to find out – because in this industry there’s always more to learn!’
Check out Jeric’s amazing showreel below – featuring animations for Ogilvy and Crown.
Are you interested in following a similar pathway to Jeric? There are heaps of opportunities for you at Jumbla. If you want to develop your animation skills, Jumbla Academy is a great place to start. If you’re currently studying animation or have just finished a course, the Jumbla Internship could be for you. Or, if you’re a star already, why not jump straight in, and apply for the motion designer position? Good luck!