Meet Janka Wojcik, she's the Recruitment Co-ordinator our Dublin and Manchester studios and part of the hardworking team behind the scenes, who keep the studio full of amazing, creative staff! We had a chat with her about why she thinks Brown Bag Films is a great place to work and what advice she has for people looking to get into the animation industry:
What do you love most about working at Brown Bag Films?
I can work on my own projects that help me develop my skills and also, I can always count on my team, ask them for advice or feedback.
Describe a typical day in HR at Brown Bag Films?
Busy and intense.
What makes working at Brown Bag Films unique?
The creative atmosphere of the studio.
What do you feel are the Top 3 reasons to want to work here?
We can watch animations as a part of our job :)
Meeting new people from around the world.
And every day is full of new challenges - it's never boring.
What are you most proud of at Brown Bag Films?
That the studio creates great shows and has insanely creative people.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
When we get a new, amazingly creative person on board.
What makes a great workplace?
People (...and good coffee ;) )
What are your hobbies or pastimes, passions outside of work?
B-horror movies, photography and embroidery.
Everyone in the studio decorates their desks here with often whacky personal items or toys, what knick-knacks do you have on yours?
My vinyl figurines, plants and Gudetama lamp.
If you were an animated superhero, what would be your superpower?
Something connected with fire, kinda 'Sailor Mars' style.
What’s your greatest accomplishment?
I was a part of a team that created a Korean-Polish dictionary. Great fun!
What do you love about animation?
You can create everything, literally everything and make it come to life.
What's your preference - 2D or 3D animation?
No preference, the story and visuals are what's most important.
What are your Top Three Tips to potential recruits on how to stand out on interview day?
Be honest, if you don't know a specific system, don't pretend you do.
Know about the company (we'll ask you why you want to work here!)
Don't stress out. I know it's the most difficult thing!
And finally, any advice on Portfolio/Showreel Dos and Don’ts for applicants?
Select your best artwork. Don't put everything into your portfolio. It's never about the quantity!
Try to show that you have your own style but also you're also flexible and can adjust to the specific project.
Have your portfolio (and CV!) up to date.
Got a question for our HR team, fire away in the comments below!