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Bobbak's work combines: Art, Film, and Problem Solving

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Day In The Life

Associate Manager, Development - Animated Films

I provide production support to filmmakers as they develop an idea to be greenlit into an animated feature film.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Political Science and Government, General

    University of California-Los Angeles

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Media Programming Directors:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Wanted to work in politics, but quickly learned it's not just like the TV show "The West Wing".

  • 2.

    Took advantage of going to school in LA and started interning in the film and television industry.

  • 3.

    Traveled Europe after graduating, which helped me clear my mind and think about the long road ahead.

  • 4.

    Came back after 2 weeks in Europe and got a job as a production assistant at Dreamworks Animation.

  • 5.

    Spent 4 years working with creative teams, and helped guide them to reach production deadlines.

  • 6.

    Became obsessed with the local food movement, and wanted to help share stories such as that one.

  • 7.

    Planted a garden, visited farms, and watched countless documentaries and shows about eating locally.

  • 8.

    Left DreamWorks, started working at KQED public television to distribute documentary style series.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    You should go back to school, get a masters degree or study Law. You won't be able to make a living in the television or film industry.

  • How I responded:

    This is no longer the era of "just get a nice steady job and do that for 40-50 years and then retire". Don't worry about the money. If you're doing what you love, the money will show up at some point. Follow your heart, because at the end of the day you need to be happy with, and proud of, yourself and your work. Also, don't be afraid of failure, or change. Try something, and after a few years if it's not for you, then move on to something else. It's ok to say "that was fun, but now I want this."

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Student loans! I had to take loans out for my education and will be paying them for a total of 15 years, but its manageable and in hindsight my education and experience was worth it.