Jessy Borutski

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Jessy Borutski, director, storyboarder, designer at WB
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
I started working in Animation early. I was 19 right out of college. Prior to that I rented movies in a country convenience store in rural Ontario and worked at Enerlad Links Golf Club. Wasn’t much time to do too many crazy jobs I was busy with highschool.What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
Dragons and Fairies for McDonald’s Europe. All Girl Arcade for Fuel Industries and The Looney Tunes Show for WB.
How did you become interested in animation?
When I was 6 I watched Minnie’s Yoo Hoo a 1930’s Mickey Mouse cartoon. I needed to figure out how he danced like that.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 
Im from Ottawa Ont. I got into the animatio business in 2003.I was hired by Spumco to work on the New Ren and Stimpy series.

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job? 
Drawing storyboards,designs, or promo art for the new looney Tunes show. I also direct some Merrie Melodies.

What part of your job do you like best? Why? 
It doesn’t feel like a job. Id do it for free because I love working with the WB characters.

What part of your job do you like least? Why? 
Sitting for so long because I like being active.I always crave going out and doing stuff.

What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business? 
I have no complaints, as of yet .

What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis? 
I work on a Macbook Pro with a Wacom Cintiq.21UX

In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
I work with two artists I really admire. Tony Cervone and Spike Brandt, who are the creative producers on the New Looney Tunes show. I have learnt alot from them. Mostly from cleaning up  Tony’s storyboards.I really liked his style of story telling.They have also worked on shows like Animaniacs and Tiny Toons that I loved as a kid.

Describe a tough situation you had in life.

AAAhHHH where do I begin. But as tough times come….just as many good things happen.Balances out, so Im happy.
Any side projects you’re working on you’d like to share details of? 
Toaster Head. I wanna finish this idea Ive had for over 5 years! I’m making it into a childrens book.Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business? 

Don’t mimic styles….make your own inspired from artists you love and what you love in life. Mix  those elements into your own unique style and then you’ll have something fresh.
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