We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Chi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christina, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I think storytelling is really important, not only as an expressive art form but also for teaching. And I feel like most of the things we learn and retain are from cartoons and TV shows as a kid, so I really wanted to pursue animation for that reason.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a production coordinator at Bob’s Burgers and I’m really lucky to have started here as an assistant through a friend’s recommendation! Unfortunately I think that’s how a lot of people can get opportunities nowadays, which is why people stress the importance of being more community-involved. And I think for a lot of loner artists, that’s really hard! Socializing is exhausting! I think it’s really hard to do that and stay motivated, and to stop yourself from comparing yourself to “better artists” all the time. Actually I’m still struggling with it and I don’t know the solution lol. But I think if you stay genuine, people can see that easily and it’ll work out in the long run if you’re a good person.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is crazy because we’ve been in quarantine for ten years and I don’t really remember what you can actually do outside anymore, except I guess eat? I think San Gabriel valley is the only place with all the best Chinese food lol, and I think everyone should visit Big Softee for dessert. There’s a lot of small and affordable live stuff all the time too, like comedy and puppet shows. I never really plan to do anything and then things just pop up, and that’s always fun to find in LA haha.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would give a shoutout to my parents for not being great communicators and forcing me to turn to art for a sense of connection. lol, but really they fed my ass and did a lot of things for me so I would really like to make something that I could really dedicate to them, and that they could understand through an animated story instead of words.

Website: https://christinachi.portfoliobox.net/

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