My Skill: Story Telling Through Visual Media
The AMC (Anime, Manga, Cosplay, Games, Art, Fandoms, Abridge, and Movies) is a group I joined in my second year. There are students doing everything from Art, to Science, to Business studies, and even Public services. I joined because I really like Japanese Anime and Manga, but then I realised that the real aim of the society is just to hang out and have fun. Our main activities include charity events, parties, and the May trip to London Comic Con.
They’re an amazing group of people and they really helped me blossom into the happy and loving person I am, it was clear to everyone in my family how much I’d grown. Thanks to their support I was able to grow and experiment with my work, and even earn a bit of money from it.
My life so Far
I never know what to write in these, so I'll just start at the beginning.
My name is Kathryn Mills, I was born on the 12th June 1993, in Peterborough in England.
I've loved drawings since I was very small, and always thought I would become an illustrator or comic book artist. But when I was about 10, I started getting really into anime and cartoons; this is when my love of animation sparked. As I grew and developed my drawings and art style further, I always dreamed about my drawings coming to life and reacting all of the amazing sequences I pictured in my mind.
After 4 years in university, I graduated with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in Computer Animation, Film Critic, and Script Writing.
But Animation isn’t the only thing I can do. My skills also include, creative writing, storyboarding, script writing, film critic, photography, sewing, video editing, drawing, and character design. And now I get to do what I love as my job. You can find more about this in my ‘What I can do’ section.
However, around Secondary school, I started having a really hard time. I was large, ginger, and my social understanding was quite weak. I had a lot of difficulty with bullies, and this greatly affected my focus in class. I closed myself away and lashed out a lot in school, I couldn't read or write well so drawing was the only thing that seemed to help. Thankfully, I received the help and support I needed, and did much better in last two years at school. I left Secondary school with A’s in both Art and ICT.
However, at that point in my life, my one goal was to get as far away from my Secondary school as possible. So instead of staying on to study A-levels, I went to College in Stamford to study for a National Diploma in Art and Design. I learned a lot at College including modelling and graphic design, but I still loved animation and wanted to learn about animation movies. Thankfully I was lucky enough to get my first job when I was 17 at the Showcase Cinema. It was amazing working in a cinema, I did make a few mistakes, but I was still able to learn a lot about how movies advertise themselves, what the audiences like to see, and what makes a good film.
I worked hard on my College course for 2 years and graduated with a Merit/Merit/Distinction grading, and an award for most effort, which I honestly wasn’t expecting. With that, I was able to go to the University of my dreams, Glamorgan University in Cardiff. The first year of university was difficult, the university was amazing and had a lot of connections to industry, but it was very strange living in a big capital city so far away from my family. My first a second year didn't go so well, the work load was far more than what I'd previously experienced, at times I found it really hard to keep up with my peers. But during this time, I met the most amazing group of people.
The AMC Society.