What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Isaac Marzioli and I’m a digital design clean-up artist on Tuff Puppy at Nickelodeon.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I’ve had a few. Two of the craziest were when I was just shy of 20 and still trying to figure out what I wanted to do as a career. I answered an ad in the paper (before newspapers went extinct) and ended up in an interview where I agreed to sell knives door to door. That didn’t last long because the idea of walking into a stranger’s house and pulling out sharp knives sounded sketchy…so I went one worse and started selling perfume in parking lots. There’s nothing like approaching a random stranger, pulling a bottle out of your bag and asking if you could squirt them with it. It was this job that taught me that school was very important. I came home after a long day of chasing weirdos around an ATM parking lot and enrolled into Cal State Fullerton – more specifically, into the illustration program. And then to get myself through school (and after I graduated, but before I was able to land a job in the industry) I sold ladies’ shoes. The Al Bundy jokes weren’t the worst of it – I couldn’t believe what people would tell me about their feet. Or show me. This one lady had a fuzzy green square on the bottom of her foot that she wanted me to touch. Then the smells. There’s nothing like a hot summer day for people to come in and take their shoes off…So I’m really glad to be working in animation.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
It’s been great to be a part of the Butch Hartman cartoons. It’s a little pandering, but it’s hard to stay employed in the animation business. Shows don’t last forever, and cancellation usually comes as a surprise. Being on Fairly Odd Parents, Danny Phantom and now Tuff Puppy – I’ve been employed steadily for the last 10 and a half years.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m originally from Northern California – and I came down here to go to school at CSUF. I hung out with a lot of animation students. In our junior year they set up a meeting with a storyboard revisionist on Angry Beavers and I Continue…