Ok its official...our meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 19th at 7:00 at The Artists Cafe 412 S. Michigan Ave.
To recap our last meeting:
We had a special guest join us, Othello Bach, who shared her wonderful books and story with us. I highly recommend checking out her website at Othellobach.com and reading her story on how she got started, and take a peak into her enchanting books. She is an author as well as a motivational speaker, and boy can she motivate! Also check out Bachmorristechnologies.com, they are currently looking for freelance animators for future and present projects.
We discussed getting started on broadening our WIA horizons and talking to students at the colleges about our group and what we do. I am working on putting together an information sheet as well as membership sheet which we will leave for the students. I also plan on working on getting some contacts at each of the schools, so any suggestions would be great! Members have agreed to visit the schools to talk about our group, our future fundraiser/festival and leave information for the students.
Concerning our fundraiser/festival, we started to discuss how to go about putting this together and what each of us envision for the event. We talked about having a contest with students work where a panel of professionals from schools and studios would judge. Also inviting studio heads to participate by offering portfolio reviews as well as discussing how to get employment with them, etc. Silent auction and raffles. An area where members can display their own work and network with other animators and artists. There is a lot of discussions to be had about all of this and how we are to go about putting this all together. I am awaiting word about the money we raise and how it is allocated. That was one of the concerns which I hope to address at our next meeting.
As far as the money we raise goes, we all shared the same hopes of being able to use some of it to send members to the yearly meeting in California, as well as other events and festivals across the country. That will obviously be in the far future, but we have to start somewhere and I would love to see a Chicago WIA representation at some of these film festivals as well as the WIA yearly meeting.
So, our next one on the 19th will be a continuation of the above as well as any new information or work members would like to share. I am working on another guest to join us, but wont tell you all until it is confirmed...a little teaser. Any questions, concerns, or suggestions please email me..thanks and see you all soon!
P.S. Also don't forget about Ed Hooks Acting for Animator workshop on May 22nd. It will be from 10:00am to 5pm and will definitely be educational. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org