We had the good fortune of connecting with Catherin Cubillan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Catherin, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Personally, I’ve taken many risks in life, especially to pursue my dream career. I believe that taking risks is essential in order to pursue your goals. Not only it gives us a sense of exploration, but through the process we grow as individuals. It’s important to understand that not all risks will lead to success but it will benefit us regardless of the outcome. By failing, I learned that it has made me stronger and more resilient.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Sometimes I can’t believe that I live in California working on animated films for one of the best studios! Coming from Venezuela and being able to pursue this career has been one of the most rewarding accomplishments of my life. I am very grateful for every opportunity that has been given to me in order to enhance my skills. I think what sets me apart is the ability to keep evolving, not to take anything for granted, be respectful of others opinions and be open to constructive criticism. Most importantly, to be kind and humble.
At this moment, I am very excited for our next film The Boss Baby: Family Business releasing. I had the pleasure of working with a group of talented people who share the same passion. I can’t wait for everyone to enjoy this film as much as we enjoyed making it.
It hasn’t been an easy journey, but nothing worth while comes easy. I have never been a person that knew right away what I wanted to do as a career. Even though drawing had always been a passion of mine, the thought of making it a career never crossed my mind. I went from attaining my associates in International Business to pursuing a Bachelors in Graphic Design, later to Media Arts in Animation. Along the way, making the big decision of moving from Florida to Los Angeles. I won’t get started with all the challenges that I had to face here in LA, cause there were many. I took a lot of odd jobs while spending many hours honing my computer skills. That’s why I truly believe that with hard work and dedication you can do anything you set your mind to.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would probably do a few coastal hikes to enjoy some ocean views. Walk and see the sunset at El Matador and bike The Strand from Santa Monica to Venice Beach. Definitely check out Griffith Observatory, Melrose Ave, and Abbot Kinney. There are endless of good places to eat and drink in LA. In my list of favorites: Katsu-Ya in Studio City, Din Tai Fung in Glendale, Hae Ha Heng Thai Bistro in LA, JINYA Ramen in Burbank, grab some tea from Marie et Cie in Valley Village, acai bowl from Royalty Juice Bar & Cafe in Studio City, and for Venezuelan bites Cariaco in Glendale.
For some Hollywood movie magic, we would visit the Warner Bros. or Universal Studios tour, and catch a movie at the Chinese Theatre or El Capitan Theatre.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my family and friends for their support and for helping me grow. To my niece Camila, seeing her enjoy the films that I’ve worked on it’s the greatest joy and continued motivation. To the animation community, I’ve learned so much from my co-workers and many talented artists that dedicate themselves to teaching online- appreciate you all. Lastly, shoutout to myself, for believing in me. I don’t think I would be where I am today if it wasn’t for my self discipline and hard work.