Hi Psych2Go Fam, meet your animator Nayeli Meneses. Nayeli is currently an animation intern for Psych2Go. You may have seen her work from “Friends with Benefits Relationships”, “Bad Day Rant” and “How to deal with manipulative people.” Nayeli has been with us for almost a year now, having completed her internship with us, through our fabulous manager, Erin. As you can see, Nayeli is a talented animator, and we hope to get insights from her of today! Be sure to read her response on tips for aspiring animators!
- Tell us a bit about yourself. Your upbringing and education.
My name is Nayeli (I like when people call me Naye), I am a mexican student about to graduate from Animation and Digital Arts university. I love drawing and I am doing my best to improve because make a living from my art is my dream.
- How did you first get involved with Psych2Go?
University was asking us to find a place to do our professional practices; they gave us a list of places, but a friend mentioned to me that Psych2go was looking for animators so I asked if I could do my professional practices with them and they said yes! I completed them but I stayed and continued to work with them.
- What drew you to Psych2Go?
Some time ago my brother showed me a video from the site, to be honest I don’t remember which but I do remember that I found it interesting and looked for more, and liked to listen to them while working. I found the channel informative and interesting and I am happy that these kind of videos exists not only for curious people but for those who are looking for certain answers related to psychology topics and can find them here.
- What motivates you as an animator?
Being able to tell stories through drawing is something that I love doing so I keep practising to make it the best way possible. Also things that help me to find inspiration are animated movies and series, comics, books and music.
- What advice do you have for other animators who wish to have a head start in their career?
Animation is very fun but also very demanding and tiring at times. Practice a lot every day, but please remember that is you first and your work second; take care of your health, sleep, eat, take breaks to stretch and relax your hands and eyes. I can’t emphasize enough how important this is; the rumors about animators not eating or sleeping, sadly, are true, and I tell you from experience: is not worth it. Having this unhealthy behaviors is damaging and dangerous. Learn to balance your time (I’m still struggling to do it, but I’m doing my best). Also use others work for inspiration, but never compare it with yours and congratulate yourself when you improve. Be kind to yourself.
- How would you describe your animation process? What tools and software do you use?
I use Photoshop for my drawings and then animate with After Effects and Premiere.
- What is your favorite part of animation?
The feeling when I finish the frames and put it all together so it moves and has life; It feels like I just did a magic trick!
- What is a quote you stand by?
Ahhh I panicked at this question haha. I don’t really have a quote…I think a common thing I find telling myself is “everything happens for a reason” when something bad or unpleasant happens in my life because it kind of helps to feel less frustrated about a situation I couldn’t control, but I don’t know if me blaming the universe for things is the best thing to do haha but sometimes is helpful.
But! I do have something funny I think about every time I see that kind of questions about quotes: Facebook had a section (I don’t know if it still has it) where you had to write your favorite quotes, but quote in spanish is “cita”, and “cita” also means “date”. So people from spanish facebook sometimes got confused and wrote things like “Romantic dates at the park and the cinema!!” and I always find that very funny.
- What are your 3 favorite works you did with Psych2Go or yourself?
I think my favorite videos that I animated for psych2go are “Friends with Benefits Relationships”, “Bad Day Rant” and “How to deal with manipulative people”.