What is your name and your current occupation?
Guy Vasilovich. Animation Director, creator, writer
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I drew caricatures of patrons on the ceiling of a beer bar.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Art Directed the Great Mouse Detective. Created the animated series Moville Mysteries and Iggy Arbuckle nature Freak. Co-created the internationally syndicated comic strip: When I was Short
How did you become interested in animation?
I practiced drawing from the Preston Blair since I could hold a crayon.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Chicago Illinois. I was accepted to Cal Arts by a recommendation from Disney
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Starbucks, email, production, Ventura Fwy, family time, dog time, Guy time
What part of your job do you like best? Why?
Creating and working in the entertainment field.
What part of your job do you like least? Why?
When I lose motivation to create.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Dealing with people who don’t respect what we do.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
Cintiq and an electric pencil sharpener.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
I’ve met and worked with Frank and Ollie, Don Griffith, Eric Larson, Chuck Jones and Jim Henson
Describe a tough situation you had in life.
Losing my parents
Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
I have a children’s book coming out in the fall entitled: 13 Nights of Halloween
Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metalurgy?
I can remember the lyrics to all of the animated cartoon theme songs but I have a rough time remembering my anniversary. Perhaps it could be my first tattoo.
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business
Educate yourself in as many areas of animation you can besides drawing. Writing, Music, painting, timing, acting, voice acting. Someday it will come in handy when you are in charge of your own team of creative. Respect and experience still goes a long way.