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Chico State Alumni Association

Wildcat Connect Webinar Series: Creative Careers

career webinar

View recorded webinar | Creative Careers

Are you entering a creative career?  Meet your creative alumni in positions such as a technical animator, casting director, and an educational artist.  Learn from their successful journeys, hear about how to navigate the current industries, and learn how you can apply your skills to your own creative employment.  

Moderator: Betina Wildhaber, Chico State Career Advisor

Panelists: Dawn Hershey-Lopes, '94, Ama Posey, '14, Jeff Clifton, '03

dawn hershey lopesDawn Hershey-Lopes graduated from Chico State in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Spanish. After graduation she started working at Nickelodeon Animation Studios and worked her way up through the ranks from receptionist to casting assistant and eventually casting director. She joined the Casting Society of America (CSA) in 1999 and has been a full time casting director ever since. In 2001 she co-founded Blindlight, a production services company for the videogame industry. She currently does animation and voice-over casting for various studios in the Los Angeles area.

ama poseyAma Posey has more than 10 years experience working with children of all abilities. Posey graduated from Chico State in 2014 with two degrees in fine art; painting and drawing, and art education. She has shown her work in galleries and juried shows across California. In her teaching practice, Ama guides students to trust their intuition as they make bold decisions and validating their creativity.

jeff cliftonJeff Clifton currently works in the Los Angeles area as crowds lead technical animator for DreamWorks Animation TV. He has 16 years experience in the animation industry, working in game, animated television and feature production industries. Clifton graudated from Chico State in 2003 with a major in 3D Computer Animation.