We had the good fortune of connecting with Clara Chou and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Clara, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I guess it fits my personality the most. I have always known that I would pursue an artistic career without asking why. However, I did not know what exactly I wanted to do. I had a happy childhood, and I played every day after school. Perhaps that allows me to think creatively, accept challenges willingly, and take risks bravely. I remember that I used to memorize jokes and entertain my family. I also watched lots of movies back in high school. I did not know that built up my interest in storytelling and has inspired me so much later on in my life. Overall, I think the career that I pursue represents my personality very much. But most importantly, I am fortunate to have support from my family and friends. I would not be where I am right now without them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have a strong bond with my art. As an introverted individual like myself, it is easier and more comfortable to express ideas through my animation. My works feature cuteness and humor that represent me very well, which usually entertain the audience with exaggerated performance and funny stories. The one thing that I learned along the way is to be nice to everyone. I am very fortunate to receive so much help, and the people who helped me are the most generous and kindest people I have ever met. I am incredibly grateful for that. I wouldn’t be where I am without all of them. I hope I can support others just like them one day.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would love to take my best friend to Hollywood for sure! There’s the famous Hollywood sign, Chinese Theater, Griffith Observatory, and Universal Studios to check out! It would be lovely to hang out at The Grove, LACMA, and Getty Center too. But definitely a tour of my school, University of Southern California, first! There is so much delicious food in Little Tokyo and Korean Town as well. And if anyone knows better places to hang out, please let me know!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have had a lot of help along the way. My parents and my younger brother are the first people to thank for sure. My good friends from Taiwan are super supportive as well. I could never have become an animator without my professors and classmates from undergraduate and graduate studies. I would also love to thank my mentors: Joseph Holmark, Catherine Chooljian, and Jacob Frey. They are all very generous, and I have learned so much from them! I am grateful for Rise Up Animation, Women in Animation, and Asian in Animation for their worldwide support. I am incredibly fortunate to have the love and support from all these great people!
Clara (Yun-Cheng) Chou, Jarrod Chatham, Parker Chatham