● Q: Where did you go to school?
Ringling College of Art and Design
● Q: When did you first realize that you wanted to work in animation?
I think around 10, when I realized roller coaster designer wasn’t a practical job.
● Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?
Monty Python, Hayao Miyazaki, Charlie Kaufman.
● Q: What is your favorite animated movie/show?
Either Princess Mononoke, The Thief and the Cobbler, or Hedgehog in the Fog. I watch those three a lot.
● Q: What would you say to those who are not getting hired by a studio or having trouble
finding a job?
Make a portfolio that’s really great and fits the tone/ style of the studio you want to work for perfectly. Make sure your fundamental art skills are strong, practice drawing from life.
● Q: What are some stories of your path to art and animation?
I started working in stop motion movies fabricating puppets at Laika and switched to doing background design because I missed drawing and designing.
● Q: What’s it like working in Austin? And how is the creative community here?
Austin is a super fun, laid back city. It’s probably the most chill place I’ve lived, there’s barbecue and tacos everywhere and the people are friendly. The creative community is pretty eclectic, i have a lot of friends here in many areas of art and design.
● Q: What is the best part about your job and working at Powerhouse?
I like creating fantasy worlds and bg designers get to do that pretty much all the time, so I feel lucky. Also the people, I have some great friends here that I feel lucky to work with.
● Q: What is your favorite Powerhouse Project that you’ve worked on?
A current project we’re working on right now in Boutique that i don’t think i’m supposed to talk about lol.
● Q: Most challenging part of working at Powerhouse?
I don’t know about challenging, but in boutique we’re always switching back and forth between different styles depending on the project so that can take some adjusting sometimes.
● Q: Any cool little known facts about production (funny stories/cool animation tricks/etc)?
Hard to point to something specific, But I feel like I’m always learning new software tricks and techniques from co-workers, it’s one of the big pluses of working with a big group of talented people, everyone has something different you can learn from.
● Q: If you could be any anime character who would it be and why?
Hmm.. Roger Smith from The Big O would be cool. He has great hair, style, and the best looking robot.