What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was a bus boy and sandwich artist at Subway.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
El Tigre, Dexter’s Lab, Kung Fu Panda, Yo Gabba Gabba, Ren and Stimpy
How did you become interested in animation?
Ever since I was a kid I watched every cartoon on TV. When I made aÂ little flip book in my reading book I was hopelessly hooked.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After moving to California,Â John K. gave me my first break by letting me intern at Spumco. I
slowly moved up the ranks from there.
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
A lot of meetings, almost all day long. I don’t draw as much as I usedÂ to, but it’s great to have the opportunity to stear this giant machineÂ of talented artists.
What part of your job do you like best? Why?
I love timing, and getting all those little character acting momentsÂ working. Those are the things that makes a show unique and the
characters feel alive and not generic.
What part of your job do you like least? Why?
Filling out my time card, it feels like math homework.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Feast or famine. When there’s work, there’s work, when there isn’t,Â you and your family just starve.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
Cintiq and computer, I also love to write on my iPad.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
John K., Ralph Bakshi, and Joe Barbera
Describe a tough situation you had in life.
There was one time that I knew that the studio was going to basicallyÂ shut down. We had to lay off everyone except for a core group. I knewÂ about it for a couple weeks before everybody and couldn’t tell anyone.Â It sucked.
Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
I am currently doing a weekly animated/webcomic series called “Life InÂ The Analog Age”. It’s a slice-of-life autobiographical comic all aboutÂ growing up in a world right before the Digital Age. It revisits thoseÂ hard to remember feelings you had a kid.
Any unusual talents or hobbiesÂ likeÂ tying a cherry stem with your tongueÂ orÂ metallurgy?
Not really, all I do is try to play video games with whatever time IÂ have left over. I did play the drums for a while.
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Work really hard, email your heroes with questions, and don’t forgetÂ the reason you want to do art. That reason, that feeling, is the oneÂ thing that will get you through those tough times.