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Mentor of the Day: Mike Yamada


by Mike Yamada

Mike Yamada is returning to us for our last Mentorship term, and we couldn’t be more excited! He is a Production Designer at Walt Disney Animation, and the illustrator of eight children’s books. You’ve seen his work throughout the animation industry, and we are so thrilled to have him pass his knowledge on to new talent!

Spring 2016 Mentee, Brianne Neumann spoke of how her goals changed throughout her ten weeks working with Mike, “I learned a ton of new stuff! Even though we went to the same school, Mike’s approach to almost everything was so different than what I learned. Through the mentorship I changed my goals from creating polished portfolio pieces to just learning and trying new things and getting out of my comfort zone. I feel like I have a brand new tool bag of knowledge to use outside of the mentorship to push myself forward on my own time, which to me, is invaluable.”   Check out some of her work below.

When asked about her advice to Mike’s Fall 2016 Mentee, Brianne offered some great advice, “Ask lots and lots of questions, take the opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and be prepared to work hard on your own time. Mike has a huge breadth of knowledge and is a great problem solver, but you get the most out of it if you bring in a lot of different work and try new things.”

Mike Yamada is taking up to two Mentees this time from the US and Canada!  So apply soon!

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