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International Women’s Day – Discussion with Anju Dev, Texturing Supervisor

On this International Women’s Day, the Mikros Animation teams talk about what this day means to them and what inspires them.

8 March 2024

Anju has a 15-year legacy with Technicolor, and a wealth of experience in animation. She currently leads over 30 artists as they create amazing textures for assets. She has worked on a variety of animation styles and projects over the years, including Orion and The Dark, Star Trek: Prodigy, The Adventures of Puss in Boots and more. She is also a passionate painter in her free time.

  • What does International Women’s Day mean to you? 

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate girls and women all over the world. It’s a day to recognize women’s achievements. This day inspires future generations of women to reach full potential. It’s about celebrating how far we’ve come towards gender equality and also a chance to talk about how far we still have to go. 

  • In your opinion, what could be improved in your professional daily life? 

According to me work life balance should be improved in my professional life. Equal priority to professional and personal life is very important to improve quality of life. 

  • Do you consider yourself a feminist? 

Yes I consider myself a feminist. The term feminism is used to give men and women equal rights and opportunities. It is to help women obtain the same rights but definitely not trying to take them away from men. 

  • Has any piece of art or artist inspired you as a woman? 

My dad’s paintings were my first inspiration. As a child I enjoyed watching him paint and learnt how to do oil painting from him. He is my inspiration. 

  • What advice would you give to young women considering a career in animation? 

Women can do anything that men can do in a creative field. Don’t ever second guess your gender or talent. You will thrive in an animation industry if you have talent. Do what makes you happy and don’t worry about what world thinks. Like any other industry, animation industry requires hard work, dedication, and a willingness to learn and grow. Step out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself to improve, and remember, the more work you take on, the more you learn. Be confident and fearless. Confidence is the key to getting ahead in life because you need to believe in yourself first, only then the world will believe in you.