Ruling that won unemployed animator $500,000

After rounds and rounds of job interviews, Emily Yang made a life-changing decision that made her one of the biggest names in the NFT space.

For 29-year-old Emily Yang, the rise to becoming one of the biggest names in the NFT world was part accident, part good timing, and part making the best of an unfortunate situation.

With a resume that included working in the animation and visual effects departments on films like wonder woman, Star Trek Beyond and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justiceshe was about to transition into a digital artist role at Apple when the pandemic hit.

In an all-too-familiar story, Apple canceled the job and she found herself unemployed.

Left with plenty of free time, Ms. Yang began researching and creating content for the decentralized finance space, which refers to financial platforms that do not rely on traditional banks and institutions.

“I saw an opportunity to insert my skills with knowledge of crypto. I think now it’s more common to hear people say that and it was certainly the case back then, but no one does. knew,” she told news.com.au, ahead of her panel at the Vogue Codes Summit on June 18.

“I channeled that and made these higher quality animations that promoted these DeFi companies and products.”

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Adopting the online profile of “pplpleasr”, her creations and digital works began to attract more attention, which is when she turned to NFTs, or non-fungible tokens.

“They weren’t very expensive. I think I listed them for around 200 US dollars (284 Australian dollars) and I was shocked that people were actually willing to pay for it,” she said.

“It really resonated with the community and I would get more fans every time I did one.”

A turning point came in November 2020. She had just completed what would be her final job interview. Ms. Yang remembers thinking, “Why should I keep bending over trying to get a job in the traditional career market when it’s like nothing is happening and I have this other thing going on. attracted?

“That was the last job interview I did and then I decided to focus my energy and time to do this crypto stuff fully,” she said.

“I didn’t leave anything on the table either and I put on entertainment throughout the week. I was working really hard to kind of speed up the process.

Then in March 2021, she made a viral animation that sold for over 310 Ethereum, which was worth around $500,000 at the time.

“It put me on the NFT map. I took that opportunity and ran with it,” she said.

She has since written a cover for Vogue Taiwan and Fortune Magazine August/September 2021 issue. Ms. Yang was also introduced in Forbe’s 2022 30 under 30 list.

Reflecting on her transition, Ms. Yang was able to draw on her background in digital effects, moving past an industry where animators and visual effects artists are forced to churn and burn content. “Living from contract to contract” is also the norm, with job security shaky at best.

“It also speaks to the internal desire of creatives to really create something for themselves and not be told how to do it by people who have the money.”

“To get a film financed traditionally in Hollywood, you have to have the right connections and it’s very political,” she said.

“There are so many things in the process that lose the creative magic.”

In contrast, she mentions the Ethereum documentary, Ethereum: the infinite garden, which in 2021 raised US$1.9 million (AUD$2.7 million) in two days via crowdfunding. Donors received producer credits and NFTs created by Ms. Yang herself.

Although Ms. Yang is passionate about the opportunities and possibilities presented by the DeFi and NFT space, she recognizes its volatility. This week alone, billions have been wiped from the cryptocurrency markets, amid fears of a recession.

She jokes about the term: “Crypto time dilation, where six months feels like three years in the real world.”

“Now that the markets are so terrible not only in crypto, but also globally and in all areas, it’s probably going to be a lot harder.”

Still, she thinks it’s worth exploring for curious people.

“As long as it’s money, you’re comfortable with it,” she adds.

“The rule of thumb is always not to invest more money than you are prepared to lose.”

Vogue Codes Summit, presented by Optus, Carriageworks Sydney Saturday 18th June 2022. Tickets here vogue.com.au/vogue-codes

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