Jan worked in the anime industry in Japan for 13 years in a number of different positions.
Jan was the first foreigner to work in the production department in a Japanese studio – Artland – on RikiOh 2, Locke the Superman (OVA), Shurato (OVA), Bubblegum Crash (OVA) and Tottoi (feature) then trained animation studio staff in China, Thailand and other countries. She founded her own full production company, TAO Corporation Ltd., in Bangkok, Thailand, which did work on Moldiver, Diary of Mikan, Genocyber and SWAT Kats amongst others. She also co-founded GENESIS Digital Publishing Company with Izumi Matsumoto (Kimagure Orange Road) where they created Comic ON, the first digital manga, on CD-ROM in which Jan made her manga debut with her original digital graphic novel Transcendence. Comic ON went on to be the one of the top selling non-game CD-ROM titles in Japan in 1996.
She then worked for Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Blood) as the president of Production I.G. USA and as a producer and technical director on the Japanese side. She was technical director of the animation for the Grandstream Saga, Madou Monogatari, and Kyoushin Senki games as well as working on the Panzer Dragoon OVA. As a freelance director, Jan directed episodes of Susie-chan & Marvy (TV) and worked on the development of original TV series projects.
She also consulted on the development of computer assisted (2D) animation production systems and helped transition the anime industry into digital production.
Jan has written textbooks, magazine articles, technical manuals ans screenplays, translated manga (Scryed, Psychic Academy, Here is Greenwood, Pink Sniper) and the movie Dead Leaves. Her work has been published in 8 languages. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Canada, the UK and the US teaching animation techniques and has been a guest and panelist at over 200 conventions. She also founded and produced two albums for non-profit Voices For, www.voicesfor.org