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Ada Tam

Ada Tam  | student

Class of: 
Dec 2021 (Cohort 15)

Artist / Designer

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 banker at UBS, 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 currently working as a background layout and paint artist on the independent animated short “Under the Haunted Moon”, directed by creator of 5-Second Films, Brian Firenzi. She is also a background painter and colorist on USC School of Cinematic Arts’ MFA animated short “LAST STOP” directed by Shelby Chan. Dedicated in the cause of promoting equity within the art, science, and business of animation, Ada is an active member of Women in Animation.

Ada has a passion and fascination for all forms of visual storytelling - illustration, gaming, film, and especially animation. Ada hopes to create content that inspire and empower others through roles in production, art direction, and visual development.

Skill Sets: 
2D Designer
Concept Artist
Marketing / Communication Specialist
Project Manager

Projects: Firefighter Training Simulation for Justice Institute of British Columbia, Serious Festival Simulator Game with the French Embassy