JOB CALL: Mentorship Opportunity for Indigenous Artists who want to become 2D Animators for Turquoise Sky Entertainment

Turquoise Sky Entertainment is seeking Indigenous artists (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) with experience in digital art (drawing on a tablet/Wacom/ipad) to become enrolled in a paid mentorship in 2D digital animation followed by contract position in a funded animation series that is to be distributed in both English and Cree/Michif languages!

Deadline to Apply: Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2023 or until suitable candidate(s) found.

Location: Remote, must have internet connection and access to their own software (Adobe Animate), computer and equipment (QAS has equipment available to rent if needed)

Position Details: Mentorship position of 2-3 months depending on experience, followed by 2-3 month paid contract position.

Rate: To be Determined based on animation and illustration experience. This is a paid-contracted position.

Cartoon Illustration of "Shift and Go!" 
Text reads: 
"Comedy-Adventure Series, for Kids 4-8, 26.11min."
"Shift and GO!" "Indigenous Storytelling & Shapeshifting Fun!!

Along the bottom: 
"Shapeshifting and curious - Nipiy and Yotin - explore their Turtle Island home in search for answers to the questions that fascinate all kids."

On the right: 
"Turquoise Sky Entertainment
Created By
Dr. Judy Iseke
Canada Media Fund
Shaw Rocket Fund Fueling Creativity"

About the Project

Created by Judy Iseke, Shift and Go! is a comedy adventure animated series for children 4-8 years old including two children characters that are shape shifters and their grandparents. Their task is to learn about a complex world.

Mentees will be provided basic skills (walk cycles, hops, skips, basic animation), scene setup from storyboards, as well as lip sync and character acting.  Through additional animation experience mentees will gain proficiency in these skills.

Once proficient, 2D animators will take storyboards and designs from the directors (lead animator and show creator) and animate sequences, and send back for feedback until the shot is approved. Duties will include lip syncing, animation, in-betweening and clean up when assigned. 

Ideal Skills

  • Artist/Drawing Ability
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite or other drawing software
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Organizational and time-management skills
  • Available for training sessions, critique and feedback in web conference during daytime or evening hours
  • 18+ years of age

Additional skills considered an asset but not required

  • Familiarity with basic animation principles
  • 2D Digital Animation Experience
  • Knowledge of 2D Animation software such as Toon Boom Harmony, Adobe Animate, etc.

Please visit the website of Wasi's Adventures and Turquoise Sky Entertainment for animation style examples from our existing project.


Please send:

  • CV
  • Art samples or portfolio, links to art or animation samples, website link for portfolio
  • Brief cover letter of interest

Applications will be sent to Judy Iseke at, and must include the subject line "ANIMATION MENTEE FirstName LastName"

Turquoise Sky Entertainment accepts applications from all qualified Indigenous parties who self-identify as members of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis nations and who can provide confirmation documentation upon request (as per funder guidelines). We are particularly focused on Alberta residents (filed taxes in Alberta in 2021 or 2022 or 2023).

Email signature that reads: 
Judy Iseke, PhD
President, Producer, Writer

Next to the text is Turquoise Sky Entertainment's logo, a light blue with white lines and clouds inside it.