Hi there! I’m Valerie. I’m a professional character animator currently based in Fort Lauderdale, FL at Magic Leap.
Originally from St. Petersburg, FL, I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Digital Media in 2007. After that, I decided I wanted to further my animation knowledge and completed the Animation Mentor Character animation program in 2009.
Shortly after that, I landed my first feature animation gig at Rhythm & Hues Studios in Los Angeles working on Hop, followed by Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Alvin and the Chipmunks 3.
R&H opened the door for quite an adventure in this industry the past several years, leading me to Vancouver for more feature film work (Oscar nominated Snow White and the Huntsman and R.I.P.D.) with R&H and then Sony (Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs 2) and several rewarding stints along the way in the New York City area with Blue Sky Studios (working on Epic and Rio 2). I’ve been very fortunate to work at some great studios along the way and meet some amazing people.
My favorite place is the beach, I love my ukulele, and I recently discovered that I really enjoy sparkling water.