Happy 1st anniversary! I’m so grateful to be a part of this community. Rise Up Animation has been such a light through the uncertainty of the pandemic. I’ve met so many cool new friends who I’m able to collaborate with and grow as a creative in the animation field. I’ve met my amazing mentor Emily who has been extraordinary in helping me make tough career decisions. The panels were also so encouraging and really opened my eyes to the possibilities of this industry. I can’t wait to keep growing and contributing to this community.