Bossier is full of young people doing amazing things who will soon take their game to the next level as they become leaders for our area. So it’s high time everyone got acquainted with them!
Meet this month’s Millennial Pro: Ashley Anderson.
The 23-year-old moved to Shreveport in 2007 due to her father’s assignment at Barksdale Air Force Base, graduating from Caddo Magnet High school in 2012. She received her BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL in 2017. She and her thesis partner Jacob Mann were even finalists for an Oscar, for their student short film “Extinguished.” They finished in the top 7 of 1,585 films.
She loves to draw and paint, traveling to new places (especially Disneyland), and hanging out with her close group of friends.
Find out more about Ashley and what she loves about Bossier below…
- How did you get into animation?
Growing up in a military family I was constantly moving to many different places throughout my childhood. As a result of all the travel, my interest in art was sparked at a very young age when visiting the numerous art museums throughout the U.S. and Europe. I always knew I wanted to be an artist, but it wasn’t until later that I discovered I wanted to be an animator. It was a moment when I was watching “The Little Mermaid”, and the animation during the “Part of Your World” sequence felt so real and full of emotion that it was hard to believe it was merely a pile of drawings. As my passion for animation grew stronger throughout high school, I had the wonderful opportunity to intern with Moonbot Studios in Shreveport. Many of the people who worked there were Ringling College of Art and Design alumni, and so the choice for college seemed obvious. My art teachers at Caddo Magnet – Mrs. Shirlene Alexander and Mrs. Marabella Dunn – helped me immensely to prepare for my art portfolio application to Ringling, and helped me to better my artistic skills.
- How did you feel about being in the running for an Academy Award!?
I was honestly shocked! It is a wonderful feeling knowing that our film was so well received. We had worked on it for three semesters, and during many long and tireless hours on the project, at one point we began to question if anyone would enjoy the characters and story as much as we had enjoyed creating them. We feel so honored to be chosen as a finalist, and to know that the film has resonated with so many people – especially since it was quite the labor of love!
- What is your favorite thing about Shreveport-Bossier?
My favorite thing about Shreveport is definitely the people. I always look back on my time with such fondness; I made some of my best friends there, who I am still extremely close with even after moving away. The people here truly make a difference!
- Where do you like to hang out here and why?
The Red River Revel is an event I have always enjoyed attending. It is great to see so many local artists and musicians showing off their work!
- What is your favorite thing to do in Shreveport-Bossier?
One of my favorite things to do is eat out at the many great restaurants we have! I also love browsing through the various antique shops we have here.
- What would you like to see this area have in the future it doesn’t have now?
I think it could really benefit from an improved airline service. In the future I think a more affordable and convenient air service out of Shreveport would be extremely helpful!
- What do you want to do now?
Since graduating from Ringling in May 2017, I have interned with Electric Theatre Collective in Santa Monica, CA. There I was able to animate on several commercials and even a music video! Now that my internship is over, I will be moving to Vancouver, Canada to work for Sony Animation as an animator on their next feature film. I am extremely excited to have my first movie credit!
- If you could tell other people one thing about life in Shreveport-Bossier, what would it be?
I would say that is an overall friendly community with great food and great people!
- Do you think you’ll ever come back, and if so what would you want to do here?
If there were ever any animation-related job opportunities for me here in the future, then I would definitely consider moving back! But even if I do not move back full time, I will always be coming back to visit friends and family.