What is your name and your current occupation?
Anne D. Bernstein, Animation Writer and Story Editor. I am also an illustrator.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I had a lot of art jobs. My first job was changing prices on menus. This was before graphic design went digital. I actually had to cut out individual little prices, wax them, and put them on an acetate overlay and line up the dots. Computers made paste-up obsolete but I still miss the smell of rubber cement. I also designed novelty jewelry in a factory in Sunset Park where the main distraction was buying lottery tickets at lunch.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Definitely Daria. It was a perfect match for my comedic sensibility. The people I worked with were talented and intelligent–especially Glenn Eichler. Also, I have a younger sister and our relationship was very much like the one between Daria and Quinn. And what a joy to be encouraged to be both funny and insightful–not to mention the fact that the show hadsubstance! I am also very proud of MTV Downtown. It was a very innovative unique show that did not get treated well at MTV and was cancelled way too quickly. At the time I did not realize that it was capturing New York City at a time right before a huge transition–the East Village was actually still funky, crummy and relatively affordable back then!
How did you become interested in animation?
Long story. I was a big comedy nerd, always memorizing Monty Python skits and going to comics conventions (to sit with the National Lampoon cartoonists–I didn’t care about superheros at all!) I was always interested in both visual arts and writing and could never actually Continue…