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The Story Artist Mentorship Program

A year long story intensive course with a team of
Pro Mentors

Become A Professional Storyboard Artist In 1 Year Without Any Prior Industry Experience

Join us in this 12-month mentorship program designed to give YOU the tools to help you break into the world of visual storytelling.

Throughout the year, our industry professional mentors will help you develop your storytelling skills and gain an understanding of topics ranging from storytelling fundamentals and genre differences to career development and portfolio design.

Develop your networkings skills and build relationships through our PRIVATE DISCORD Channel and EXCLUSIVE NETWORKING Events.

Sign up for our waitlist today and be the first to know when the new semester opens. 

  • Year-Long MENTORSHIP Course Led by Industry Professionals
  • 12 Epic Modules
  • Sample Scripts & Story Exercises
  • Live Instructional Sessions Every Week with the Mentors
  • 100+ hours of Visual Storytelling Training
  • EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE Discord Group, Resources & More
  • LIFETIME ACCESS to the content
  • Structured Exercises with PERSONAL CRITIQUE
  • Exclusive StoryboardArt Vault Content

HERE'S WHAT PREVIOUS MENTORSHIP PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY...

Kylie Gay

now working at Disney TV

"I got 2 different portfolio calls! I had a recruiter from DisneyTV ask for my portfolio for an upcoming show, and I should be hearing back from her in the beginning of January! (The position is only a few months long, but still!) THEN I got an email last week from Floyd County Productions to do a storyboard test for a full-time position! Thanks to the Mentorship, I've made a lot of strides in my work, and I'm so glad I took the chance to learn from you all!! Hopefully those emails are a sign of an upswing, and to keep pushing me to not give up. "

Michael Walls

Cinematographer

"I am grateful to Sergio and StoryboardArt for the opportunity. It’s a great school and I do believe in it’s success and longevity.  I recommend it whenever anyone asks when I’m out in public drawing, and wherever I can when I meet other artists. I am grateful that I will have lifetime access to the coursework and the live review/lectures.  I will take advantage of that.  It’s shaken me up, shaken off a lot of rust from my drawing hand, and helped me to examine myself in so many ways, and I know I am better for it."

Ryan Gallet

Storyboard Artist and Animator

"I just wanted to write and say thanks for creating this for artists. I aspire to be a great storyteller, I know I have good ideas, but this is exactly what I need to get me moving in the right direction. I was accepted to USC’s master program and am so glad I didn’t go, otherwise in a few years I’d probably have a lifetime of debt. What you’re offering is so affordable and also priceless. So, thank you! "

Bruno Guaman

Freelance Storyboard Artist

"I took the Storyboard Artist Mentorship three times. Every time I got something valuable from the mentors. First with Sergio the absolute basics, which led me to create my first reel, which then land me to my first job as storyboard artist. Then The professional aspect which I got some valuable lesson from Sergio and Nick Sung. Finally I got some great knowledge from the group of mentors, which led me to refine some aspects. I'm really happy with my decision on being part of the Mentorship"

Alejandra De La Cruz

Mentorship Student

"I really enjoyed the mentorship, it was beyond what I expected, the mentors are very passionate about storytelling and it's easy to communicate with them. I'm very thankful for taking it, I improved a lot in my storytelling"

Caroline Pauly Stauffer 

Accepted into the exclusive Pixar Internship 

"Sergio! Just thought I’d let you know I got into the Pixar internship this year! I definitely couldn’t have gotten that far without your class!"

Benlin Alexander

Freelance Storyboard Artist

"I just had an opportunity to storyboard a commercial the past few days! I got referred from someone who saw my work in this Mentorship discord. It was extremely challenging and taught me a lot of how these projects are done in this industry. Thank YOU for making this program and making this possible. Everything I learned from the classes were absolutely crucial, especially knowing all the terminology and being able to communicate with the directors on their level."

Matteo Ceccotti

Storyboard Artist and Director

"I also wanted to say that I watched Module 3, and I was really struck by how much incredible information you gave about story, I am a bit shell-shocked! I've read the books you mentioned, but I feel there's so much you succinctly shared that I will come back to this video for years, especially when I try again to work on my short film."

Jett Atwood

Storyboard Artist 

"I'm really getting a lot out of the mentorship this go around. What's been the `killer ap' for me in terms of keeping projects moving is the hangout on Discord. I feel like I have teammates or coworkers and it really helps keep me in my seat. Additionally, boy it's been worth the extra coin to have the 1 on 1s with a mentor. Knowing I have to have SOMETHING each month has been really motivating. Especially since I am trying to network and impress."

Alexander F.

Storyboard Artist

"As for me the Mentorship Program is the best material for storyboard artist in the whole world. Simple and very volumetric and purposive (hope i can say that way) I also love to read your discord community it's very interesting and useful too. Also I'd like to say thanks to every storyboard art team member for their work and to Sergio especially for his energy and cheerfulness which gifts inspiration every time I touch your content=) Regards, guys!"

Karl Mokross

Mentorship Student 

"One major score for the mentorship is that it delineates this artistic discipline while helping you understand it as a part of a job market It helps one to think like a professional artist, too. I've come away from it much more hopeful in becoming a pro while improving my workflow. I'm very thankful for all the mentors and I hope the very best for this program."

Linda P.

Mentorship Student

"I have only positive comments about this program. He taught me a lot, everything I needed to be able to enter the world of the animation industry. Sergio is an extremely competent person and a very good teacher. I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from him. This program changed my life. It gave me the chance I longed for. If I had the time, I would sign up for the course again, because I'm sure I could learn a lot more."

Mentorship Student Examples


Magnus Kravik

Judit Tondora

Ben McMillan

Kenny Vallenca

Charl Chilliers

Erik Kuska

Previous Participating Mentors

*Mentor participation subject to availability


SERGIO PAEZ

Sergio is a founding member of the visual storytelling community StoryboardArt.org.
Pixar, Lucasfilm, Sony, and Sega.

Stephanie Gonzaga

Warner Bros, Disney, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon. Currently an Episodic Director at Warner Bros.  

spyros tsiounis

Dreamworks, Laika, Lucasfilm, Paramount, Skybound, Sony

Alex chiu

Warner Bros, Netflix, Cartoon Network, Marvel. Currently an Episodic Director at Warner Bros.  

vaughn ross

Warner Bros, Lucasfilm, Paramount. Currently an Supervising Director at Warner Bros.  

steve lee

Marvel, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Sony. Episodic Director on Star Wars Rebels.  

calvin tsang

Blue Sky, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, Disney.  

nick sung

Kuko, Locksmith Animation, Pixar, Airbnb. 

David Meyers

Disney, Lucasfilm, Star Wars Clone wars, Rebels Resistance.  

Douglas lovelace

Disney, Illumination, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Skybound. Dreamworks Director on Puss in Boots.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When does the Mentorship officially begin?

By signing up to the waiting list, you will be the first to know when registration officially opens next. We have multiple sessions every year but the best way to stay in the know is to get on our waiting list!

How is the course content for the mentorship delivered?

The course is conducted through live group meetings and recorded lesson content. Every two weeks, we join a live, members-only, online Zoom Call where we all interact and offer advice on how to improve our shots or critical things to work on. 

Mentees also get instruction and information from their mentors, and have the opportunity to collaborate with each other on Discord. 

This all makes for a valuable and influential experience, as getting direct feedback from experienced artists has always been the most beneficial way to learn.

The best part is we go through this as a team and encourage each other as we go forward, help answer questions and share information, links and other resources.

Having this camaraderie really is the most valuable part of the course, as we conquer every step of the mentorship together.

All lessons are delivered in HD and can be watched streaming from any browser.

What is the difference between the mentorship and other college-level storyboarding courses out there?

This course goes for a full year, with every module containing in-depth, high-end lessons on subject matter not available anywhere else, online or on a campus. This course is by far the most robust course we've ever taught, whether it be online, or even private classes we've taught at Lucasfilm, Siggraph, CTN and many others.

I can honestly say nothing else out there is like this.

Colleges and universities try their best to give storyboarding classes or film classes but nothing out there will take you to the finish line with your portfolio. Plus, tuition at these schools for one year can cost up to $55,000! And you still don’t have the skills you need to land a job!

For typical university courses, you are expected to pay per term and not all the classes will be visual storytelling-related. The only way to get the kind of intense learning found inside the mentorship is to get hired by the big studios and learn the hard way on the inside from other veteran artists... if they are willing to take the time to mentor you. How can you land the jobs you want if you do not have insider access to veteran pros?

We solved that problem inside the mentorship. This is the best learning environment for story artists we have found.

I live outside of the USA - what time are the mentorship sessions held?

We have two live sessions for the group to cover multiple time zones for users outside the USA. The live sessions are scheduled during the week on Thursdays and Fridays. We try to make these sessions as accessible as possible -- this way, no matter what time zone you're in, there will be a session that fits within your schedule.  Even if you miss a session, all sessions are recorded and posted to our private course archive.

What software or set up do I need for the mentorship?

This course focuses mostly on story techniques that can be used with any software package and even good ol' fashioned pencil and paper. You do not need any special software for the course.

That said, we will be talking about digital tools and techniques within different software packages throughout the course. This includes Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Sketchbook, TVPaint, Blender, Maya and Toon Boom, to name a few.

You will also benefit greatly if you have a way to do digital drawings, such as a tablet, iPad Pro, Wacom Cintiq or Microsoft Surface.

If none of that is available to you, you can still use traditional media like pencils and markers on paper. Simply scan them in or take hi-res photos,

For any other questions about materials, please contact us directly.

How much time do I need to make the most of the Mentorship?

This is a course where we can grow over time and improve without feeling too overwhelmed. The course is spaced out very carefully, so we can put in the needed amount of time to really make our work look great. This has been a critical part of the design of the course -- to ensure we do have time, even with family, work and life commitments.

If you can spare at least 2 hours a week, you'll be able to make the most of this course. The more time you put in, the better, but a minimum of 2 hours every week is important. If you can't spare 2 hours each week, then maybe this course isn't right for you, right now, until you're able to free up a bit more time.

Sometimes, life happens, and so we fall behind a little, but it's fairly easy to catch up again when our time frees up. Never feel stressed that you are behind, if that is the case. Just put in a bit of extra time and get back up to speed. We're all here to help each other. What makes this course great for keeping on track is that we are all going at our own pace, but we're all here, motivating each other.

What is the best advice for going through the Mentorship?

My best advice is to have an end goal. Whether it's to break into the industry or to step up to bigger story teams, break into freelance, secure a full-time job, set up your own studio or make your own film. Whatever your dream is, have a clear end goal before you start, so you know where you want to go with the course.

By having a goal and knowing where you are now, you can measure your success as you move forward. Whether it's getting a new portfolio or focusing on core areas, setting these goals now will guide you throughout the course, and all of us can look back afterward at how much we've grown.

Think forward a year -- do you want to be where you are right now, or do you want a change in your career path? If you are struggling to really come to terms with exactly what you want and need guidance, please message us directly. That's what we are here for.

I'm looking for a new job will the mentorship help me?

Yes. Even halfway through the mentorship, you will have a number of exercises that you can use in your portfolio to apply for jobs. Your story examples will reflect completing real sequences for visual storytelling using all the latest techniques and approaches, demonstrating not only that you can work on narrative stories, but also handle tough assignments with confidence.

Will the mentorship work for me if I'm not yet in the industry or I'm still a student?

I love that we have a diverse group of artists in the mentorship sessions. Some artists have professional experience and others do not. What's exciting is to see the growth in artists and be there when they really feel like they get it and the information really clicks.

By making an immersive course -- a course that is ambitious and advanced but explained thoroughly enough -- it's going to be straightforward for you to follow even if you aren't yet in the industry. This is the course that will get you INTO the industry.

So, even if you are a beginner, you can still follow along. In addition, this is why we offer a 30-day guarantee. Try out the course and if you don't love it, send us an email, show us you've done the exercises and get a 100% refund, minus the $100 registration fee. No catch, no tricks.

How is StoryboardArt’s mentorship better than the others?

For starters, there is NO other program out there, online or on campus that teaches you the skills we teach in our program. StoryboardArt is not just a school, it is a global community and network of like-minded artists just like you! The mentors and students alike are very supportive of one another and the camaraderie is outstanding. Many of our students come back to share their experiences and tips and tricks with our new mentees.

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Space is limited. Secure your spot today.

DON’T LET SELF-DOUBT STOP YOU

If you're worried that you are not good enough, or that you're too much of a beginner, but you also really want to learn to be a storyboard artist, don’t let doubt get in your way. 


Let's chat 1 on 1 and we’ll be happy to review your work, give you feedback, and an honest recommendation about whether or not this program would be right for you. Even if you are a complete newbie, we know of no better storytelling program to get you on the right track, fast.

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