Podcast EP 153: 3D Character Animator Ayoub Moulakhnif on Building His Career in Morocco
Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals – how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way. Now home to 153 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more.
Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.
His most recent interview is 3D Character Animator Ayoub Moulakhnif on Building His Career in Morocco.
This episode features self-taught Moroccan 3D animator, Ayoub Moulakhnif, who teaches at AnimSchool and works as a character animator at Axis Studios. In their chat, Moulakhnif shares what the animation industry is like in Morocco, including what opportunities exist, how to find the determination to pursue your dreams even when they seem impossible, and how he ended up going from student to teacher at AnimSchool (plus everything you wanted to know about that program).
Tune in to Ibele and Moulakhnif to hear:
- How to train as an animator in Morocco
- 3 tips to increase your artistic self-discipline
- What Moulakhnif did to get ahead of his class and become a teacher himself
Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard, deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design and animation.
In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.