Jenny Story is a best selling and award-winning author of the book series Dysnomia, a 2D and 3D animator, background actor, and the Self Advocate Award winner for AutismBC 2020.
Q. If you could give your past self some advice, what would you tell yourself?
If I could give my past self some advice, I would tell myself that I am smart, kind, and can achieve in anything. Follow your heart, listen to your gut instincts, and don’t give up when things get tough and might not go your way. Don’t be afraid to do what you love and try new things. Most importantly, believe in yourself.
Q. When you first started your career, how did you know you were ready and what made you start?
I knew I’ve always wanted to be an animator and an author since I was a little girl. Watching behind the scenes of some of my favourite animated movies, the step-by-step process on how they created the movies, I always thought it was so cool how they took drawings of characters and brought them to life in a world they made. I just wanted to be a part of it. So, after I graduated from high school, I went to Vancouver Film School to learn 2D and 3D animation. After graduating from VFS, I also started looking for publishers to help publish my first book.
Q. What or who has been your greatest influence in business?
I would say animation studios like Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks, to name a few; animators and creators in the industry like Tim Burton, Don Bluth, and Aaron Blaise with their amazing movies like Bambi, The Nightmare Before Christmas, 101 Dalmatians, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Secret of NIMH, and many more animated classics. For books that inspire me to write my own stories I would say Watership Down, Pride and Prejudice, The Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games, and recently the Warrior Cat book series.
Q. What is your number one business goal to accomplish this year?
For this year, I would love to pitch my Dysnomia pitch presentation to studios or streamers and turn my first Dysnomia book into either a 2D animated movie or animated TV Series. Also, to keep working on the third book of Dysnomia and animation work.
Q. What do you have going on that you’d like to share?
Since my book Dysnomia is a trilogy, I am currently working on the third book right now along with a graphic novel called Belina. This past summer of 2021, I have finished a new animated short film called Sparkles Loves Bacon. I am also in development working on making my first book, Dysnomia: Outcast On A Distant, Moon into either a 2D animated movie or a 2D animated TV Show.
Q. Where do you see yourself in five years? How do you envision your future?
In five years, I hope to have all three of Dysnomia trilogy books published out, as well as publishing my graphic novel Belina into a book, and perhaps to be in the pre-production or production stage. As for my future, I hope to see Dysnomia become an animated movie or tv series and to keep doing what I love, which is to draw, write, and animate.
Q. What is your favourite thing about what you do in your career and why?
My favourite thing about being an author and animator is that I get to do what I love for a job, which is to write my own stories and create my own worlds and characters that people can love, and maybe even inspire them to make stories and worlds of their own too.
Q. Do you have a mantra or phrase you live by? What is it?
Something I like to say to myself, especially when I’m feeling low, is to never give up and to keep going through the good and the bad. Or, as Dory from Finding Nemo would say, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming”.
Q. What is your number one priority when it comes to your career and daily work?
When it comes to writing and animation work, I focus on splitting my time by writing for a few hours or at the very least one page a day, depending on how creative I’m feeling. Or, if I have really bad writer’s block, take a short little break, and then work another few hours on drawing and animation.
Q. What keeps you motivated on a daily basis?
Watching my favourite movies and TV Shows, reading books for twenty minutes every day as best as I can, playing video games, spending time and doing fun activities with my family and friends, and also listening to and watching other animator creators such as Arron Blaise and Lackadaisy on Youtube.
Connect with Jenny:
Dysnomia Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jennystoryDysnomiatrilogypage
JennyStories Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169948318454399
Dysnomia Book Website: https://jennyjennystory.wixsite.com/dysnomia
Animation Website: https://jennyjennystory.wixsite.com/jennystories