Ada Tam | student
A banker turned 2D artist, Ada is a jack of all trades whose expertise lies between business and creative interests.
Ada is a proud alumna of Barnard College of Columbia University in New York, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. During her undergraduate years, Ada served as co-president of Columbia University’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, where she supported and empowered others to host cultural events that bring broader awareness of the APIA community on campus.
Ada began her professional career as a private banker at UBS, the world’s largest wealth management bank, where she served ultra and high-net-worth clients in the APAC region. Through her banking experience, she has developed a strong business acumen and is skilled at relationship management. Having interacted with a series of high profile, successful clients, Ada has learnt that passion is key towards living an inspiring and fulfilling life, which sparked her determination towards making a career transition into entertainment arts.
Despite her early career background hailing from finance and banking, Ada is no stranger to the world of creative arts, in which she has gained previous exposure as an illustrator at the Columbia Daily Spectator and as a multimedia intern at BillBoard. In her recent artistic ventures, Ada is involved in MFA animated productions at the USC School of Cinematic Arts as a colorist. To further her ambitions of breaking into the entertainment arts industry, Ada is an active member of Women in Animation and has been accepted into WIA’s mentorship circles program by Cartoon Network Animation Director Mark Davis and Harvard Creative Brand Director Mike Davis.
Ada has an earnest passion and fascination for all kinds of visual storytelling - illustration, gaming, film, and especially animation. She believes her time at Center for Digital Media will help immerse her into a diverse community where everyone has the opportunity to learn and work towards creating meaningful stories and experiences together.
Ada hopes to one day create content that inspire and empower others through roles in art direction, production, storyboarding, and visual development.