Malfinis welcomes new student animator Akeem Samuel. Akeem comes to us at age 22 and springs from a family where both parents Kennedy "Boots" Samuel and his wife Christine Samuel are well known both locally and internationally as pioneers in the Arts and Culture Community. Christine is an accomplished dancer, educator and craftswoman, "Boots" as he is more affectionately called by most, is himself an accomplished Actor, theatre practitioner, Cultural Activist, educator and historian, Creole language champion etc.
Akeem himself has gravitated to the arts with a focus on drawing and painting, and now he has his eyes set on Animation as a career choice. On asking Akeem about his art and how he came to chose Malfinis, here is what he said in his own words:
"I joined Malfinis Productions in the hopes that I would get to spend my time with some other artists who share my interest, and to learn from them in the process. I also hope to gain the skills in animation and experience being in a working studio environment. Hopefully in the near future I can be a part of Malfinis Productions and their projects.
My background was not too deep in the art or animation until more recently in my life. I Grew up loving animated series and animated movies not mattering what age they were meant for. I got into art during secondary school as a CXC course but didn't really get into it until half way through my time at the Sir Arthur lewis Community College. This was thanks to a friend of mine who actually introduced me to art as a career choice, animation being part of it.
After going through a few jobs , I finally started got my self into the newly opened School of Art and Design. Later to improve my skills at drawing I got into a one year Art fundamentals course at The Sheridan Institute in Canada. From there I have been trying to improve daily, so as to hopefully make this into the career I want for myself ".
On behalf of the team, Tevin, Dyllan ,Francis and Management I would like to say to Akeem welcome aboard, and that we look forward to him successfully achieving his goals and will support him every step of the way,
Milton E. Branford
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