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Mike Yamada

About Mike Yamada
Michael Yamada is a multidisciplinary problem solver with 12 years of experience across film, animated movies, games, and themed spaces. He is Production Designer at Walt Disney Animation and the illustrator of eight children’s books.

He has spoken or taught at some of the biggest colleges, design firms and animation studios, including Art Center College of Design, Continuum, Disney Interactive, and many more.

He currently resides in Los Angeles with his cat. In his spare time, he enjoys the challenge of brewing the perfect cup of coffee, reading, and writing about himself in the third person.

Mentor Preferences
Ideal Mentee: I’d like them to be highly motivated and driven with a strong desire to learn. I’d like them to have a clear idea of what they’d like out of the mentorship with goals and a plan.

10-Week Plan: The first few meetings I use to find out an idea of what they’re interested in focusing on – goals, weakness, etc and then tailor the rest of the time on that. I like to have them come up with a rough plan and then advise them on how we can work together to meet said goals

Maximum Number of Mentees: 2

Maximum Distance: US & Canada only

Language(s): English only

Preferred Meeting Times: Weekday Evenings

To apply to become Mike’s mentee, click here.

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