I left Brazil in 2014 to pursue a degree at DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond. In 2018, I graduated with a BFA in Digital Art and Animation and was awarded the Valedictorian medal for my cohort.
I started out as an animator and was ok at it. However I quickly figured out that finding a job as an animator was really challenging, especially when you are a Latina woman on a visa.
I like to be honest and transparent about my decisions in my senior year, so I won't romanticize it:
I made the shift to technical art to increase my chances of being hired.
Yea, it was more out of necessity than a hero calling.
Fortunately for me, I ended up liking it a lot. Not to mention the demand for this type of work is never short.
That decision saved my career/visa and I don't regret it at all.
I have many different hobbies. I exercise 5 days a week and love all things plant related. If I'm not out hiking or hitting the gym you will probably find me tending to my plants, drawing or playing video games.
I have a passion for adventure and I love to go on solo trips every once in a while; I also make awesome raspberry jam.
The games I've been playing more recently include Skyrim, Zelda Breath of the Wild, The Witcher 3, Civ 6, and Animal Crossing New Horizons. Minecraft is also a favorite.