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May 12
Seycove grad lands a stellar job

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Seycove alumna Shelley Welch works as a layout artist in the film industry and has contributed to a number of films including Black Panther and Guardians of the Galaxy.


by Emily Janzen, Seycove Secondary student


Shelley Welch, a graduate of Seycove Secondary, was inspired to follow a career in Fine Arts by her photography teacher, Sean Clancy. During her time at Emily Carr University, she found her passion in computer animation.

For her graduation project, she and her spouse Mohammad Rastkar produced an animated film titled T-Pot. It is a whimsical view of an astronaut landing on a barren planet and encountering alien creatures. The film has found international success, with screenings at 16 film festivals.

Shelley works as a layout artist in the film industry and has contributed to a number of films including Black Panther and Guardians of the Galaxy.

She has found success through hard work in both her personal and commercial endeavours, but owes her start to her time at Seycove.

“I remember that Seycove was a school that always encouraged its students to pursue their interests,” Shelley said in an interview.

“The faculty were open to students doing projects that were outside the box, and this led to this supportive atmosphere that you could feel throughout the school.”

Shelley is particularly thankful for the support of her photography teacher, Sean Clancy.

“What made his class so special was not just his passion for visual arts, but also his drive for helping his students find something that they could be passionate about.”  

Looking back, Shelley has had time to reflect on her remarkable journey from her time as a high school student to her successful career in the film industry. The advice she gives to others who are interested in following a similar path is to keep an open mind.

“There are a lot of different jobs and departments that require a variety of skill sets, and you’ll never know what will be a good fit unless you are open to trying something new, even if that means taking risks.”

Shelley is open to having students reach out to her for informational interviews. Please connect with your school's work experience facilitator for more information or connect with Shelley directly using LinkedIn.


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