I was the mature student of our year as I had decided to return to my studies to take a new direction. I am now involved in animated cartoons which ironically means drawing more pictures than ever before, but I get them to move at the end of it!
Even as a kid at school, I was always drawing and even launched my own comic which admittedly needed a bit of editing by the teachers! It was a natural progression to follow that direction after school.
I did a stint of work experience with Viz comic and they asked me back. Before I knew it, I was in a job I loved. Like anything though, after a few years of doing the same thing, you start to look for new avenues.
I realised that if I wanted to move into animation I had to gain the necessary skills, which is what I did. After researching a number of universities, Sunderland stood out by a mile because of their excellent facilities and also the attitude and experience of the staff.
My degree gave me the experience and a platform to create and showcase my work. You have to be very proactive in this line of work but I received a great deal of support from the University, even after I left.
I had to set up a business to operate as a freelance and Creativitiworks within the University worked with me to make that happen.”