Ottawa’s Jered Harrison On Working With Hip Hop’s Biggest Artists
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Meet Jered Harrison, the Ottawa native making waves as a freelance animator and designer under his self made art collective, amthrupm. Since its inception in 2016, Jered has contributed to projects for HBO, Netflix and Warner Bros. Animation as well as collaborated with some of the leading names in the music industry, including Young Thug, Meek Mill, Lil Yachty, Wiz Khalifa, Kodak Black and Gucci Mane. In 2019, Jered shows no signs of slowing down as his dreams draw closer.
Did you always want to be an animator? What sparked that initial interest for you and when did you start to seriously consider it as a career option?
I wouldn’t say that animation has always been what I wanted to do, but creating, visual arts, and filmmaking has for sure always been a big part of my life. As a kid, my friends and I used to make short films all the time, it kinda feels like I’m still doing that. The first time that working creatively felt real or like an actual possibility was when I made a logo for my graduating high school class. The logo was printed on sweaters and hoodies and everyone was wearing them around the school. I think that’s when I first started to realize that I could create things that connect with people.
Who’s been your biggest inspiration personally and professionally?
Professionally, I could go on forever: Shepard Fairey, Charlamagne tha God, Matt Groening, Walt Disney…Personally, I think I’ve been inspired by everyone that I’ve been close to in my life so far, starting with my parents all the way to the people I surround myself with today.
What do you consider to be your big break and how did it happen?
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