Sydney Mangin

Animation

My dream job would be a character designer, for either television or film, but I would also be interested in doing storyboards or layout designs. And perhaps maybe even make my own feature film!

What was your reason for coming to Daemen College?

I came to Daemen for their animation program. It looked like the best program in comparison to other schools in the area. They were on the cutting edge with all of the latest industry standard programs and equipment. I knew I’d be getting a top notch education.

What do you aspire to be after college/what are your career plans?

I decided to study animation as a way to get my foot into the entertainment industry. My dream job would be a character designer, for either television or film, but I would also be interested in doing storyboards or layout designs.

Please describe your impressions of Daemen College.  

Daemen is a fantastic school. What stands out the most to me is the incredibly strong and supportive community, especially in the Art Department. I have been able to participate in a lot of life changing opportunities thanks to my professors and colleagues.

Tell us about your life outside of academics: clubs, sports, hobbies, things to do around Buffalo, NY.

When I’m not in school, I stay pretty involved in the Buffalo community. I’ve worked on multiple theatre productions in the area. I’m also an active artist, constantly working at improving myself. I was previously the president of the Daemen Art Club, and am now the President of the Animation and Story Production Club and the VP of Daemen’s drama group, Creative Minds. I absolutely love being involved here at Daemen.

Please describe any internship, study abroad, service learning, or academic experience (Academic Festival or research you are working on or have worked on in the past).

At the end of the summer of 2014, I had volunteered to help teach a one-week Animation camp hosted by the college. It was an excellent way to exercise the skills I’d acquired in the program, as I had to teach it to kids much younger than me, in a way that was easy to understand. Also, that summer, I was able to intern as an Assistant Stage Manager for the New Phoenix Theatre with Dr. Waterhouse. This was an incredible opportunity that opened a lot of doors for me within the Buffalo arts community.