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Jamil Lahham

Ringling School of Art and Design - Class of ’08

Juggling offers from several top animation and gaming companies while still an undergraduate.

After relocating from Syria to Houston in 2002, Lahham enrolled at community college to improve his English. There, he took an animation class that inspired him to find a school that specialized in the field.

Lahham’s search led him to Ringling, a program known for grooming some of the industry’s best-prepared student animators. At Ringling, Lahham earned a reputation for hard work and high skill level. He worked so hard and for so long that, he recalls, “One day I fell asleep at a red light in my car. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do to get the job done.”

Last summer, Lahham interned with Electronic Arts, and several top toon studios have already expressed an interest in hiring him after graduation. But for now, he’s focused on completing his thesis project about two Eskimos battling for a fishing hole. “In the animation world, what separates is the poses, the acting choices,” he explains. “Not growing up watching Disney, I created visual memories that are different. I lean toward the unexpected.”

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