What is your name and your current occupation?
A switchboard operator and receptionist.
I loved working on Tiny Toons, Ren and Stimpy, Schnookums and Meat and most recently The Ricky Gervais show.
I was a Saturday morning cartoon junkie as a kid and didn’t turn off the T.V. until the sports came on. I also love animals. I drew them and studied them inside and out, day and night especially dogs. There was a time that I couldn’t even draw humans so I quickly changed my skill set to include everything.
I grew up in Los Angeles, CA and was fortunate not to have to move or travel far to find a job in animation. I studied character animation at Brandis Art Institute and though times were changing when I got into the biz, it was still hard for women to get artist positions. I went to every studio in town and finally got a short freelance job as a cel painter on the the first “An American Tail” feature.
Well, I first get a script or synopsis for the storyboard, animation, layout or character designs and read it a couple of times. I take a moment to think about what needs to be done. Then listen to the dialogue track and think about the feeling, tone or even quirks in the voices which will make me come up with possible poses, shot choices, backgrounds, where jokes or references may play out well or not, etc. As far as designs and animation, I rough out a few sketches or character layouts to give you an idea of what I’m thinking about. I then meet with my producer or director get his / her thoughts and go from there.
Not knowing when your getting laid off and if so, if your going to be hired back.
I’m working on the 21” Cintiq using mostly Photoshop, Flash and Storyboard Pro. I use the entire adobe suite and some others, but those most of all.
I was brave enough to introduce myself to Joe Barbera as he was getting out of his car at H&B. He gave me some words of encouragement and shook my hand. I also met Iwao Takamoto and he showed me some of the incredible pitch boards from past H&B cartoon shows which has influenced me when I pitch to this day. I was dining at a local restaurant with my family and it just so happens that Supervising Animator, Bruce Smith and his family were dining there as well. He was nice enough to come over for a bit to say hello. I’ve also met Charles “Nick” Nichols, Frank and Ollie, Roy Disney and still occasionally see John K. and Bob Hathcock as well.
Losing my granddad and remembering how he pushed me to never give up my dream of drawing cartoons for a living.