What is your name and your current occupation?
Maurice Morgan, Freelance Designer/illustrator
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Nothing really out of the norm. Â Got robbed twice at gun point working at two different food joints as a kid, Â but thatâ€™s L.A.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The Angry Beavers Â – Great looking show, fun designs, great crew, crazy hours & politics, lots of martiniâ€™s, lots of laughs and I drew my butt off.Invader Zim – Another great looking show, pencil heavy; Â got cramps in my hands & forearms from all the noodling in the design work.Kid Notorious â€“ A nightmare production that shaved off ten years of my life but Iâ€™m damn proud of the work we all put into it. Â Thanks for the martiniâ€™s and the memories, Bob. Flavio â€“ Not only did I love the flavio character but I loved the quirkiness of the background designs. Â And besides, I know the knucklehead behind the mayhem and we go way back.
How did you become interested in animation?
Iâ€™ve had an interest in animation since I was about seven years old and have dabbled in it since.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Los Angeles. Â I got into the business through a close contact who opened a few doors for me. Â I originally started out as a designer in the software game industry. Â The industry at the time was still in its infancy and technology was changing rapidly as well as the technological landscape. Â A very volatile time for entrepreneurs and investors. Â I got into television animation just before the dot-com bubble popped.
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Ebb and Flow. Â Its either full on for days on end or slow going.
What part of your job do you like best? Why?
The freedom of being independent, Â getting paid to draw and to be creative. Â Being a freelancer I can work on a variety of Â jobs and meet new people.
What part of your job do you like least? Why?
Crunch time & all nighters. Â As with any production youâ€™re going to have crazy deadlines or heavy workloads thatâ€™ll suck every bit of your soul out of you.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Avoiding burnout. Â Itâ€™s easy to do if you donâ€™t guard your Â time wisely.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
I do all of my design work on a Cintiq using Photoshop and Â Sketchbook Pro.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Several times when I worked in-house. Â Too many to name or remember.
Describe a tough situation you had in life.
In 2009 & 2010 my best friend, my mother, my grandmother and three other close friends passed away suddenly all within a year. Â Needless to say I was in a hole of depression and found it hard to get on with the daily rigors of life. Â My craft suffered a bit.
Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
When I get the chance I paint or write music. Â Other than that itâ€™s surfing.
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Be versatile creatively and stylistically. Â Animation and its production process moves in subtle evolutionary Â jumps. Â Donâ€™t sell yourself short, keep a positive outlook and hone your networking skills. Â In this industry itâ€™s all about who you know and timing. Â Trust and talent comes in second which will ensure you a positive reputation. Â There are loads of talented people out there, Â but only a handful holding positions while a major portion of production is outsourced overseas.