Justin Freeman is an animator and story artist born and raised in Maryland. From a young age, he knew that he wanted to be an artist, and spent his time drawing his favorite characters from cartoons on television at the time. Growing up on a healthy diet of anime such as Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Pokémon, he was never lacking in inspiration. After years of making original art and comics, Justin was accepted into the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2013 in order to study art professionally. Initially hoping to study Illustration to become a comic book artist, he instead pursued a degree in Animation. Visual storytelling was always important to Justin, but being able to breathe life into characters through the power of animation opened up the possibilities to realize those stories. Justin graduated from CIA in 2021 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Animation after finishing his thesis film “Sweet Life.” The film is an animated short dealing with themes of active listening and altruism, and is currently on the film festival circuit. Justin Freeman continues to pursue visual storytelling as a professional, and works as a freelance animator, storyboard artist, and occasional animation teacher for children interested in breathing life into their own characters.