Kayla Mayer

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The artist and sto­ry­boarder on life at Sin­cerely Tru­man

What’s your role at the com­pany?

I’m very lucky – I get to wear many hats. I start work­ing at the sto­ry­board­ing stage, do­ing first-pass boards and cleanup, and I col­lab­o­rate with Robert on mood and di­rec­tion for all the videos. But the bulk of my job in­volves il­lus­trat­ing back­grounds, char­ac­ters and type. Some­times I’ll be called on to do some 2D an­i­ma­tion, and I love when I get to do that.

How did you get the job?

I’ve only been at Tru­man for about 10 months now, but I’d only just grad­u­ated from PNCA a year be­fore when the Bi­ble Project ap­proached me out of the blue. I was just one of a few port­fo­lios they’d looked through, and it took about a week of do­ing test images for Jon and Robert, then I was on the team full time. The whole process felt very fast.

What do you en­joy most about work­ing on the Bi­ble Project?

I’ve been very for­tu­nate to help shape the vis­ual di­rec­tion of the lat­est video, Sac­ri­fice and Atone­ment. De­vel­op­ing the right mood for what Jon and Tim are try­ing to say is chal­leng­ing, and I love that I get to help the team in this way – it feels very spe­cial.

What kind of train­ing have you re­ceived since start­ing?

New skills for me in­volve sto­ry­board­ing and an­i­ma­tion, nei­ther of which I’d ever for­mally done, and I’ve been able to learn on the job. Robert has also taught me style devel­op­ment and some fun­da­men­tals of art di­rec­tion. But my other new skill is work­ing in­ter­per­son­ally with a team: I’ve had to re­fine my com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, which feels awe­some.

What ad­vice would you give an artist look­ing to get a job like yours?

First, make sure your draft­ing chops are in or­der. Un­der­stand the prin­ci­ples be­hind drawing ev­ery­thing, and know how to break down shapes. Sec­ond, be fast. There’s no time to get stuck on de­tails in pro­duc­tion work. If I had got­ten this job with­out those abil­i­ties, the nicest port­fo­lio in the world wouldn’t have saved me.

What’s the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment at Sin­cerely Tru­man like?

Mag­i­cal. I feel spoiled. Ev­ery­one is so friendly. I couldn’t ask for more in my work en­vi­ron­ment. I love how pro­duc­tive and united this space feels, and I’m so happy to come to work ev­ery day.

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