Jack Heiter

What is your name and your current occupation?
Jack Heiter, drawing, painting, writing
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
gas station attendant, sign painter,
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
too many to list
How did you become interested in animation?
going to open house at UPA Picture while in art school
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Mobile Alabama.  Two of my art teachers sent me to interview at UPA Pictures
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Don’t have a typical day
What part of your job do you like best? Why?
Creating new things.  That’s my thing.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Finding work and getting people to look at my ideas and scripts.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
My head and hands
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Bobe Cannon, Art Babbitt, Abe Levitow, Mel Blanc, Jules Engle, Fred Crippen, Fred Wolf, Bob Foster & many many more.
Describe a tough situation you had in life.
Too many to describe, I’d have to write a book about them.
Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
No, just drawing and painting
Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
I can tie my shoes
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Trust in yourself and work on stuff that makes you feel good, and do it a lot.
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5 Comments

  1. If you don’t feel like being enlightening, then why did you bother to even do this interview? All your responses are so perfunctory, it seems like this was an inconvenience for you to do.

    • Gee Tony, Sorry to push your sensitivity button, why would you care how I felt when I made out the interview quiz? I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but my understanding is that Mike started this site for the people in the trenches and I think I’ve been in the trenches a hell of a lot longer than you, as if that matters. Here’s a quote from your lengthy “enlightening” interview; quote Tony Craig, “The part I like least is dealing with all the huge egos.” Suck it up bro, I’m not going to bore people with my stuff. Don’t need to!

  2. Obviously you don’t seem to care too much. If you’re not going to “bore us”, I think that you failed.

  3. Jack, this is a great interview with you…http://www.thingsasian.com/stories-photos/2647
    I guess I was disappointed in your interview because this website is where people really want to know about who you are and what you do. I apologize for coming across so brusquely, it just seemed to me like a bit of a disregard to Mike and the readers of this site, that your interview was so sparse.

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