My name is Jessica Hood. I am a queer, disabled artist based on the ancestral, stolen lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. I am a third-generation Canadian settler, born on Algonquin lands (aka Ottawa) and then raised on the lands of the Ohlone and Graton Rancheria, San Jose and Santa Rosa, California, respectively. I returned to Canada to attend Simon Fraser University and graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance in 2014.
For the past ten years, I have been working as a theatre artist, primarily as performer, producer, and playwright. For more about my theatre background, check out this page. When the pandemic hit, however, I decided to make a career change into animation, where I could still tell stories, now in a digital, accessible format.
I am a new graduate of the 2D Character Animation program at VanArts. I love all aspects of the animation pipeline, and I specialize in character animation, character design, and rigging in Toon Boom Harmony.
I am passionate about creating new stories that centre femme and queer voices, and working within collaborative and inclusive processes.