Born and raised in Los Angeles, Carmen is a 1st generation Chinese American who lived in the quiet San Gabriel Valley suburbs for most of her life. One of her first memories as an infant was holding up a pencil and drawing on what she believed was paper and started scribbling. She’s been drawing ever since, unbeknownst to her she had a talent! After her brother, Steven coaxed her into attending the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) INNERSPARK (CSSSA) Program; she knew she wanted to be an animator. In 2014, she received her BFA in Film/Video from CalArts in the Character Animation Department. At CalArts, she had produced 4 short student films, 2 of which had been selected into festivals. “Chow Time” was showcased at the Lone Star Film Society’s 2014 Modern Kid’s Summer Flicks Series in Fort Worth, TX. “Chow Time” and “Eternal Sunshine” were both showcased in “Art Set Free,” Art Brookfield’s Global Art Showcase, New York, NY. She had also joined the Community Arts Program (CAP) and taught high school students in the art of filmmaking.
Carmen now collaborates in projects with like- minded and talented individuals working on all different types of media and entertainment such as games, commercials, and children books. One of her first projects she worked on out of college was the music video by Asleep at the Wheel – “ Tiger Rag (feat. Old Crow Medicine Show)” as a character designer. While honing in her skills as a storyteller, animator, illustrator, and concept artist, Carmen is also actively pursuing a career in storyboarding.
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