- Jasemine Vahidsafa
Born and raised in the Bay Area, art has always been a significant part of Jasmine’s life - watching Saturday morning cartoons, spending countless hours reading comics at the library, and doodling stories in her notebooks. However, art as a career choice never crossed her mind. The community she grew up in put significantly more emphasis on sciences and engineering than art. While that did not deter her from animating, she never considered a future with it. But, after getting a Bachelors in Microbiology, she felt directionless. With a bit of push and shove, she checked out a student showcase at the Academy and applied shortly after for an MFA in Animation.
Part of the reason she loves animation is because it acts as a great union between science and art -- it has so much comprehension of mechanics, anatomy, timing, physics -- and in more recent decades, engineering and technology -- but also allows for the freedom of exaggeration, design, performance, comedy.