Molly Buccini

Kim Zhong thinks all animators have something weird going on their minds.

She admits she’s not an exception – for her, it’s miniature objects. Despite sounding “freaky,” whenever she encounters something tiny, she imagines living in a mini-world, “kind of like toys that talk to each other in the middle of the night.”

It’s her keen imagination that’s been the inspiration behind her animations. In 2012, Kim returned to school for her multi-media design certificate, and she said it was at this time that her instructor introduced her to the world of animation.

“It was a life changing year,” she said. “From that time, I have been learning like a sponge and soaking up as much knowledge as I can.”

What’s her secret to success? Her fellow animators say she’s extremely dedicated, constantly watching tutorials for different software, like Photoshop, After Effects and Illustrator. Plus, she finds inspiration in her teammates.

“I always look at others work and try to absorb what’s good in it,” she said. “I am so glad that I can work with a bunch of creative people.”

Proving her success – Kim was recently awarded the MVP title at our video team’s quarterly screening of their favorite projects.

“Her creative growth over the past six months, her ever expanding skill set, and her fantastic work ethic made our choice a no-brainer for the title,” Director of Video Product Perry Leenhouts said.

Learn more about Kim in our Brafton Q&A:

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always want to be a designer who can create something new everyday.

Kim and her teammates at our quarterly video party.
Kim and her teammates at our quarterly video party.
Q: What do you think is the most important quality needed for success?

I think the most important quality needed for success is attitude. Always be humble. Always learn like you’re new to everything.

Q: What do you value most in a job?

I value the space we’re given to grow our talents at work. As an animator, space for creativity is very important.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

Probably my hands. I love to make ideas become an existing object with my own hands.

Q: Which day of the work week are you the most productive?


Q: What’s your favorite aspect of your job?

There is always new challenge.

“Always be humble. Always learn like you’re new to everything.”

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I think my greatest achievement is my maturity.  I have been working in different fields for more than ten years. My life experience and adventure opens my mind.

Q: Have any “hidden talents”?  

Maybe Tae Kwon Do

Q: If Brafton were a TV show, which character – from any sitcom, drama or reality show (of any time period) – would represent you?

Sorry, I don’t really watch TV.


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