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Alumna Spotlight – Gabrielle Cacanindin
Meet Techsploration alumna and scholarship recipient, Gabrielle Cacanindin. In this Alumna Spotlight, Gabrielle provides insight on how she chose to follow two passions: art and technology. Read her blog below to learn more about her exciting career path in digital animation!
Creating My Career Path:
Blending Art & Technology
When I was younger, I never really knew how to incorporate my artistic abilities into a future career path. While I loved creating drawings with my own characters and worlds, I believed that the only way to be successful in art was to not only be skilled, but to be very lucky. This often made me feel like I would never be able to do what I love the most.
While attending my first Techsploration conference in Grade 9, a 5-second clip in a video that was playing caught my eye. It was an animated scene from a video game that a woman had created, and I was amazed that such opportunities could exist for me. That small clip opened a door for me: a door that lead to my understanding of the possibilities that could come from mixing art with technology.
Fast forward a few years and I am now a first-year student in the Digital Animation program at the NSCC Truro Campus. I chose this program for a couple of different reasons. One being that I’ve wanted to be an animator since I was about 12 years old. Seeing that NSCC offered a course in animation (with the option of a 2-D or 3-D concentration) was one of the most exciting things in my life, because I knew they would be able to offer me hands-on experiences with different animation programs and tools.
Another reason I chose the Digital Animation program is because of my personal belief in how important it is to be able to express yourself. The feeling that comes from creating something using your own imagination or even being inspired by someone else’s work is amazing. It’s so fun to just let loose and create images that someone else will be able to enjoy, and possibly inspire future generations to do the same!
I’ve been in the Digital Animation program for just one semester and I love it so much already. I’ve chosen the 3-D path and my favourite class is Character Design (we experiment with a lot of different styles)! Though I have yet to look into more companies that hire animators, I’ve learned that there are plenty of different paths to take as an animator; I could be a background artist, a storyboard artist, and more. I’m ambitious and can’t wait to see where the path I’m on will take me!