Although teaching was never something she considered before, animation trainer Jeani Varti has found her passion doing just that. After majoring in animation and screenwriting at AFDA, Varty soon started working on global projects, including advertising work for Lego’s Ninjago TV series and The Lego Movie sequel. Offers from animation studios both at home and abroad came pouring in and eventually led to a job interview for her current position as trainer at the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Johannesburg. Varti helps to develop animators, upskilling and getting them ready for the marketplace. Her responsibilities include teaching 2D animation fundamentals, visual development and self-management to ensure best professional practice. She wants to make an impact on the growth of the South African animation industry, which she says is currently exporting talent instead of telling uniquely African stories.
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