When I began working on a business plan and model for Yambi Animation Studios, I did an Internet search for “how to build an animation studio in Africa”, which gave me lots of links to websites of studios in Africa, but none about how they actually went about setting them up. Searching “how to build an animation studio” gave more useful results – some helpful and some not so helpful (oh, and I didn’t even bother trying, “how to start an animation studio in Rwanda”).
But who can write an instruction manual for building a studio – at least, a successful studio? The market and resources available within Africa alone varies in across different countries and continues to change in different cities and industrial sectors. I am sure anyone who has set up a studio has some common steps they took but many more that were specific to them because of their personal vision leave alone the unique conditions of the area they choose.
That said, I am sure that my own experience is still worth recording – the worst case scenario is it will be a fun read for me one day in the future and the best case scenario is that it will help other studio founders in the future – in Africa or elsewhere!
My goal is to write at least one post per week about this journey and include both successes and mistakes. In fact, this may turn out to be more of a “how not to build a animation studio” guide!
With all that in mind, happy reading – and if you happened to come across this post after doing in Internet search for “how to build an animation studio in Africa”, please tell me in the comments below – that will make my day!