If they are paths in .AI file, you can open them up in Illustrator, select them & copy them and then switch to AE and paste them on to a solid---they will paste as individual masks.
Johnny Cuevas, Editor
"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.