Developing a Career in Motion Design

Event Details

Hayley Akins is a motion designer and animation director, originally from Durham currently living in London. She has 10 years professional experience working in the industry with high profile clients such as Google, YouTube, the BBC, Facebook and UEFA.

She previously worked at the creative agency Across the Pond, the in-house video agency at Google, as their Senior Motion Designer. She has been freelancing and running her own business for the past two years.

Hayley is working on a new podcast and website to help motion designers and animators build better businesses, to give them work/life balance and the ability to say no – so they can choose the projects they want to work on. It will also help new freelance designers, providing advice on how to get clients, plan projects and much more.

Hayley will speak about her career and what she has learned along the way. She will also be giving tips and advice on the best ways to start your career in film or animation and also sharing some freelance tips.


Please note this event is for 18-24 year olds.

Ladders is aimed at helping 18-24 year olds get a foot in the door. Over the course of 12 weeks, you’ll work with an industry mentor to develop your skills in either film, music or software development. You’ll learn valuable employability skills, develop your CV, visit local companies, and build that all-important network.

The next Ladders course starts in February 2018. If you’d like to know more about how we can help you kick start your career then visit our website HERE or feel free to message me with enquiries at

Ladders is part of ‘Digital Futures’, Generator’s business support programme that is designed to meet the business development needs of the North East’s creative and digital businesses. This programme is part-funded by England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. Places at this event are FREE OF CHARGE for beneficiaries from North East England, thanks to ERDF funding.*

*County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear (excluding Tees Valley)



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