kristin solid '94
Major: Mathematics &Art
Career field: Feature Film Special Effects
Job title: Animator
Employer: Industrial Light & Magic
In two to three sentences, please describe what your current position entails.
I animate 3-D characters for feature films. Currently I work in San Francisco. My contract will end in a few months and then I will pursue work in another city or country.
What has been your career path to date?
After graduating in 1994 I worked for 6 years at various places in Minneapolis doing traditional animation for television commercials and for CD Rom games. In 2000 I moved to LA and spent 3 years in graduate school at UCLA making my own short films. Now I am a freelance animator. My jobs last anywhere from 1 to 10 months and can be located in various cities around the world. In order to keep working I often have to relocate.
How did your interest in working internationally develop?
My interest in working internationally came by surprise. I always enjoyed traveling in high school and in college, but I never thought my career would take me abroad. As the feature film business stretches across the globe, so do the jobs.
Which parts of your St. Olaf education best prepared you to work internationally?
The off-campus programs at St. Olaf are invaluable because they give you experience living in different cultures and environments.
What is the most difficult or challenging aspect about working internationally?
The hardest part about living internationally is not having your normal support system of family and friends around you. It is heartbreaking to miss big family events such as births or weddings.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of working internationally?
The most rewarding aspect of living and working internationally has been meeting new friends and coworkers from around the world.
What does being a “global citizen” mean to you?
Being a global citizen means you have lived and adapted to a city outside of the country where you grew up at some point in your adult life.
What advice would you offer current students interested in working internationally?
See and experience as many places in the world as you can, inside and outside the US. Learn a foreign language, too.