Rocky Solotoff

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Rocky Solotoff-Producer.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
Tour Road Manager for a Laser company for Rock Shows. Charter Flight Manager for Celebrities, Flight Attendent for Delta Airlines. Donut Maker.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
American Tail, Land Before Time and Mickey’s Prince and the Pauper and my Daughter.

 

How did you become interested in animation? 
Helped a friend shooting camera for Disney and said “that looks pretty simple”. The Camera Manager said if I could shoot a scene without help, he would hire me. The rest is folklore.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Born right here in the San Fernando Valley. And since there was no “Animation” booth on Career Day in High School, (or if there was it was next to the ROTC booth)  see the above answer for the exciting details.

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Trying to get work in the front door and out of the back.

What part of your job do you like best? Why?
I get to play with all the children my Mother told me not too.

What part of your job do you like least? Why?
Waiting for the next thing to come in the front door. Why…? Cat Food is expensive.

What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
See last answer.

What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
A Number 2 Pencil, a Budgeting Program and a Telephone.

In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
I’ve worked with Dale Baer, Don Bluth, Brad Bird, Skip Jones, Linda Miller, Cathy Jones, John Pomery and  hundreds of great animation people no one has ever heard of.

Describe a tough situation you had in life.
Having and beating Cancer.

Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
I could tell you, but I would have to kill you. Actually something I producer 10 years ago has come back into my life and may put some of my friends to work…..and I’m a great Golfer. (the last thing is purely fabrication)
Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
 Alchemy and the ability to Levitate. I also fly Sailplanes.

Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Never stop loving what you do, no job is to small and know why there are those odd holes at the bottom of animation paper.
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