Nora recently talked to John Meagher from the Irish Independent about her journey getting to where she is today.
She dropped out of school at 15 and took a factory job before finding her calling in animation. Now, Cork's Nora Twomey - one of the founders of the Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon - is working with Angelina Jolie and has been hailed by Variety as one to watch.
It may be one of the most creative places in the country - and a leading light in Ireland's renaissance as an animation nation - but the studios of Cartoon Saloon are easy to miss. Located in a lane-way close to St Mary's Cathedral in the heart of Kilkenny city, this innocuous- looking building would be easily overlooked if you were none the wiser. Those who visit this vibrant tourist town might expect a place that has twice been Oscar-nominated to be a bit more visible, but the trio behind it seem to like it just the way it is.