2D Character Animator

Calabasas, CA

(Remote OK)

We are looking for a 2D Character Animator to help build exciting products with our diverse team of musicians, artists, technologists, engineers, marketers, and gamers in an open and fun work environment in Calabasas, California. Your focus will be on bringing a wide range of 2D characters to life for our DittyMoji suite of products. You’ll have an opportunity to stretch your creative legs across a wide variety of characters while packing in as much emotional expression and delightful animation into quick loops as possible. If you can consistently produce delightful animations with minimal direction from the team, embrace collaboration whenever the opportunity arises, and want to make some ridiculously hilarious animations for the world to enjoy then we’d love to hear from you.


  • Being an evangelist for the 12 principles of animation and ensuring the team understands and appreciates their value as much as you do
  • Bring life to music through character animations
  • Establishing and maintaining an efficient animation production pipeline
  • Creating Reusable character rigs and establishing a system to use them efficiently
  • Communicating your vision through storyboarding
  • Generating motion specs and final assets for development and implementation
  • Staying on the cutting edge of advancements in the field of vector based animation with a continual focus on employing new techniques and plugins to increase efficiency and simplify the team’s workflow

Minimum Qualifications

  • 3+ Years of professional experience  
  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator
  • Mastery of 2D After Effects animation
  • A portfolio full of 2D After Effects animation
  • Experience with establishing or maintaining a wide variety of character rigs
  • An extreme attention to detail and an eye for perfection
  • The ability to excel within defined constraints to find the best achievable solution
  • A general understanding of the frameworks required to implement your animations

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.A or B.F.A. in either illustration, Graphic Design, or Animation is preferred
  • A passion for emojis, stickers, and pictorial communication in general
  • Familiarity with Git
  • Experience with developing final motion specs and translating them into something usable by an engineering team
  • Encyclopedic knowledge of animation trends
  • Experience working on a major cartoon or animated feature
  • A mastery of Duik or other comparable IK systems
  • A mastery of Joystick n Sliders or other comparable 2.5D head rigging systems


  • Competitive salary
  • Employee equity program
  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits are offered
  • Paid time off
  • Free snacks and beverages
  • Virtual Training classes in career advancement
  • ADP Discounts program



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About Zya

Zya empowers anyone to express themselves through music. The company’s proprietary music technology is backed by 44 awarded and 30 pending patents.

Zya is led by Matt Serletic, former Chairman & CEO of Virgin Records and a Grammy-award winning producer/songwriter and independent label owner. Zya’s backers include venture capital firms 500 Startups and Shea Ventures.

About Zya