Deborah Zak

What is your name and your current occupation? 
Deborah Zak-Associate Producer G7Animation


What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
 Selling Cable TV.


What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
We designed, boarded in it’s entirety the film called “Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.”  Beautiful beyond compare and TOTALLY designed by G7 Animation’s crew.  This can be viewed by  going to our website  We are also uploading three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) a really funny site called LilFartz which can be found on orG7animation you tube.  We’re always working on new projects. We’re also working on R rated animation and currently are slated for ten Feature Flms and ten TV Shows.  So to say the least, we’re really busy.


How did you become interested in animation?
Actually, I wasn’t that interested but fell into it because I married into it.  My first love is painting.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 
I’m from Michigan originally but have lived in California  much longer.  I started in animation working for Marvel designing backgrounds for “Jem”.
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job? 
Every day is crazy.  Running Production, working with art, artists, interns, developing new projects, talking to studios all over the world on a daily basis.  Never a minute to rest.
What part of your job do you like best? Why? 
Being an artist, I really like working with the art work, and always making it more creative, better, always pushing the envelope.

 What part of your job do you like least? Why?
There’s a lot of stress pushing artists to turn work in on time.  That is not always pleasant.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
Computers!…..would be lost without them. Oh yeah, I love photoshop too.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
When the project ends and you have to say good-bye.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Not really. But off the subject just a bit, I believe The States has the best artists and it’s too bad we’re so eager to work or train people overseas.  Totally killing American jobs.
Describe a tough situation you had in life. 
Losing my Father.
Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
I am a fine artist who paints landscapes with oils and watercolor.
Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
Nope 🙂
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Make sure you absolutely love this business because it is a rough way to make a living.  I know talanted artists who are maids.  There are way more students being “trained” then there are jobs and a lot of them are not even close to being prepared to work in this industry.  Most of these schools are a scam.  Learn the history of FILM making and FINE ART as that will make you a better artist….and READ!!!  The more you know about things not related to cartooning or animation, the better  you will be.
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