- Why did you decide to work in this industry?
I grew up loving animation and the creativity you can have with it. It’s like the ultimate magic trick, being able to create worlds and characters from nothing and see them be given a life of their own.
- What’s a defining moment in your life?
One of the most recent ones happened in the last year – I was offered a key role in the storyboard department of a new show that my studio was going to be working on, that would keep me working in that position for some time if I accepted. This happened at the same time that I was getting my writing portfolio prepared to apply for writing positions in earnest. In past years I would’ve taken the job and kept putting off trying to get into writing, but this time I decided to take the gamble. I think that was when I really knew I was ready to change my career trajectory, even if it was a bit scary. Luckily it paid off!
- What is your biggest concern with the future?
That schedules will keep getting tighter, and newcomers to the industry will have their love of animation stomped out before their careers are even able to fully take off.
4.What is a successful moment in your career so far?
Being selected for Five in Focus was huge. It was my first semi-professional foray into writing, and really helped me shift the way I was thinking and be more active in pursuing professional writing work.
- What advice do you have for other women in the industry?
Always pipe up and ask for what you want. It can feel so hard to do, but most of the big steps forward in my career came directly from me letting people know what my goals were and asking for help getting where I wanted to go. And you don’t have to feel like you’re in this alone. I’ve seen such a huge surge of women in animation – and I think we’re slowly but surely going to be seeing more women moving up into higher positions by sheer force of numbers.
6. What do you collect, if anything?
Transformers and robot figures!
7. Where can people find out more about you on social media? What is next for you in your career?
Where can people find out more about you on social media? What is next for you in your career? You can find me on Twitter at @JenDavreux. I’ve recently started writing for games, and I’m looking forward to continuing to do that and hopefully trying my hand at writing for TV in the future. I’m also co-writing a comic called Go, Titan X! which we’ll be releasing independently in 2020.