Abigail Sherlock

Abigail Sherlock

MFA, Interactive Media & Game Design '22

What inspired you to want to study the cinematic arts?

I had a wonderful undergraduate experience at UC San Diego, but I knew that I didn't yet have the full technical skills or portfolio that I aspired to have. USC was the best choice and place for me to learn and grow within the best entertainment network in the entire world. 

What scholarship award did you receive directly from SCA?

I am an Annenberg Research Fellow working on esports and broadcasting for USC Games! 

What has been the impact of receiving a scholarship from SCA?

My mother and father both lost their jobs due to COVID-19. My fellowship has been extremely helpful as it has helped cover the cost of a housing lease I wasn't legally able to get out. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work part time for the school while getting to pursue my education.

What activities or student organizations are you involved in outside of the classroom?

I participate in the Women of Cinematic Arts organization, in the USC Esports Union, and at the Newman Catholic Center.

What has been your favorite class or project at SCA thus far?

My second year narrative game Heirloom won two awards at the Southern Game Developers Association three weeks before the semester ended, which was a program record for festival submissions for the department! I was so incredibly proud of my classmates and peers who made the game together in CTIN 532: Interactive Design and Production I!

What is a meaningful experience you've had while at SCA?

I've been able to have a "little sister" though the Women of Cinematic Arts organization, and she is just the best! It's been such a cool experience to mentor someone who has so much to give and prepare her for the industry in a way that I didn't have someone looking out for me.  

What are your career goals after graduation?

I want to work as a voice over producer and director for video games! Also esports hosting on the side!

What advice do you have for prospective students looking to apply to SCA?

Make your application as true to yourself as possible. SCA wants to see your specific artistic view on the world and what your future projects have to say about it. Showing that your individualistic tastes and talent will make you a stronger candidate.