Apply Now For A Motivarti Mentorship with Brenda Chapman

Brenda Chapman Motivarti mentorship If you’re interested in learning firsthand about how to refine your skills in creating a story for film (especially feature animation), now’s your chance. As part of the Motivarti Mentorship Program, Brenda Chapman will spend 10 weeks working with a mentee to guide that person through the story process.

Motivarti’s mentorships are designed to “provide aspiring entertainment artists with the resources to help them achieve their full potential,” according to the program. “The mentorship program is a unique and very selective program where the mentors hand-pick their mentees from a group of finalists.”

To be considered for the program, submit an application online or through the mail (due July 20). The application includes a short Q&A, portfolio and resume that will first be reviewed by a Motivarti selection committee. After that, the top 10 candidates applying for each mentor will be notified of their selection as finalists, and the specific mentor will decide who receives the mentorship.

While working with Brenda, the mentee will be given assignments (likely consisting of writing and/or drawing) that will help that person better grasp the concepts being taught. Brenda is open to working with mentees of varying experience levels—she’s simply looking for “a spark of story talent” in your work. And once the mentee is selected, that person will be asked to create a clear list of goals that will help shape what’s taught during the 10-week program.

“My goal is to help them achieve theirs,” Brenda says.

This is a one-of-kind opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business. If you’re fascinated by story and are looking for your start in the filmmaking industry, well, this could very well be it!

Let us know if you decide to apply for the mentorship. And in the meantime, we wish you the best of luck as you prepare your application and portfolio! If you’re in need of a burst of inspiration, don’t forget Brenda’s advice on creating a portfolio that stands out.  Go get ‘em!

Image via Motivarti

  • Oh man I would love to do this some day, its a far away dream at the moment but wow…

    • Brenda Chapman

      Why does it need to be so far off?

      • hee maybe not so far off but I have no skills whatsoever yet, no art school, or anything. A portfolio yikes.

        You know though…

        I think you are turning into an actual fairy Godmother, where is the application form for that!?


        • okay so I totally applied! Come on Fairy Godmother! xxxxxxxxxxx

          • brendachapman

            LOL! I’m feeling so inadequate right now! 🙂

          • aw you will be great! 😀

  • Marque Pierre Sondergaard

    Brenda, dear Brenda. Why oh why, do you not consider applications from outside the U.S.? Don’t you know how such a lucky sod would do everything and anything to bend his circadian cycle to fit yours?

    • Brenda Chapman

      LOL! I have already rethought the situation and have opened it up. You flatter me – I thank you. 🙂 And good luck!

      • My goodness woman! Now scrambling to put something together with a week left of the deadline. This is gonna be the death of me. I should have begged sooner.

        (On behalf of the rest of the world) Thank you so much!

        • Brenda Chapman

          LOL… You’re welcome! 🙂

          • Marque Pierre Sondergaard

            Applied too. Would like to have a few more things under my belt first. But if this is the only shot we get, gotta take it.

          • brendachapman

            Good attitude! Take the opportunities as they come… and more will happen.

  • Cass

    What kind of things are you looking for in the portfolios?

    • Brenda Chapman

      Please take a look at the Motivarti site – they have have the requirements there. Good luck!

  • Cassie

    Wooo! I’m so applying for this. For a minute I thought “how nice it would be,” but then I thought, “Go away negative nellie, I’m busy applying for this mentorship!”

    • Brenda Chapman

      I’m getting nervous now! Seems expectations are high!

      • Cassie


        We all know you will deliver!

  • jLo

    Hi Brenda, Im considering applying ! I’ve read what your ideal mentee is, but could you specify the skill level you want?Would you consider someone who knows and understands the basics?

    • jLo

      oops, I meant in terms of drawing level

    • brendachapman

      So sorry I missed this before the deadline! I’ve been traveling and out of the loop! 🙁 Good luck!

  • I only found out about the mentor program today. 🙁 Still going to apply, but I’m kicking myself for not finding out about it sooner.

    • brendachapman

      Don’t kick yourself! How were you to know? Good luck!

  • Thearetical

    What a dream come true this would be…but it’s at the worst possible time. I’m already working full time and in school at Animation Mentor full time until I graduate in December.

    Can you tell us Brenda if you will be doing this mentorship again next year? How I would love to have a chance at this…and how heartbroken I would be if this was the only chance I could get, so even if I apply I’m not sure I can do it, unless it could start in January.

    • brendachapman

      I’m sorry it’s such bad timing for you. I am waiting to see how this year goes before committing to another year – but if all goes well, then yes. 🙂
      Good luck with the rest of your school year! And it’s great that you have a job at this time!

  • I’m so very excited to have had the opportunity to apply to this. It’s so lovely that you’re giving back to those starting out in the entertainment industry in this way, Brenda–thank you!

    • brendachapman

      Thank you, Lauren. It’s been quite challenging to narrow all the applicants down to one! So hard… so many talented and inspired artists out there. I wish I had time for them all!

  • Srishti Rai

    This is the only thought that goes on in my head. Why didn’t I find out about *all* of this sooner?! I’m on the verge of finishing high school, and I would love, love, LOVE to be an animator more than anything else in the universe!!! And I would love to get in touch with you, and since I just made my first little animation that actually tells a nice story, I’d love to share it with you! Is there any way I can do that?
    And yes, I vow to apply for the next Motivarti program! Are you going to be there? 😀

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