Ep. 074: Alex Salsberg – Animator & Creator of PokeGravy Studios – Part I

As a kid Alex Salsberg created comics and dreamed of working in the animation industry. After attending Rochester Institute of Technology, teaching animation and freelancing for several years Alex created his own animation business, PokeGravy Studios, where he creates animated content for clients including MTV, Nickelodeon, Skype, KOA, Akamai and more. Hear the ins and outs of learning the craft, creating a business, contracts, finding clients, firing clients and keeping a healthy work/life balance in part one of our interview!

Alex Salsberg’s Websites

PokeGravy Studios
www.pokegravy.com

Instagram
@lexsalsberg

Twitter
@lexsalsberg

Not Uncut Podcast
www.notuncutpod.com

Southern California Animation Events

Center Stage Gallery
Life Drawing from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday
$15 at the door / $12 online
http://centerstagegallery.com/events/

Project Anime: Los Angeles
Tues. July 3rd – Wed. July 4th, 2018
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
https://bit.ly/2kAi9oK

Anime Expo 2018
Thurs. July 5th – Sun. July 8th, 2018 (Preview night July 4th)
http://www.anime-expo.org

The Dam Keeper Vol. 2 Presentation & Book Signing
Gallery Nucleus
Wed. July 18th, 2018
7:00 pm
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/676

Comic-Con International: San Diego
Thurs. July 19th – Sun. July 22nd, 2018 (Preview night July 18th)
Jeff will be there! Booth #1232 in the web comic section.
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/attending-show

Loop de Loop
The Theme: Dog
Deadline Sun. July 29th, 2018
11:30 p.m. in your timezone
www.loopdeloop.org

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. Nov. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

CTNX
Fri. Nov. 16th – Sun. 18th, 2018
http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

“Lucky” Loop de Loop
https://vimeo.com/273833248

Website
www.jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
www.jefbot.com

Tumblr
www.jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

 

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Ep. 072: Andrea Gerstmann – Animator, Background and Character Designer, Storyboard Artist and more!

Episode 072 of The Animated Journey features animator-designer-storyboard artist-shorts creator Andrea Gerstmann! Andrea journeyed from Canada to the U.S. to pursue her career in animation. Since arriving in the states she has worked on numerous shows including Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Pinky Malinky and Apple & Onion. She also created the fantastic Nickelodeon short Dog and Squirrel, and her Loop de Loop shorts are hilarious. Join us as Andrea shares her story!

Andrea Gerstmann’s Websites

Website
www.agerstmann.com

Dog and Squirrel
https://youtu.be/vNzIAisw-v4

Blogger
http://agartblog.blogspot.com

Tumblr
andreagerstmann.tumblr.com

Vimeo
Andrea Gerstmann Demo Reel

Twitter
@andreagerstmann

Instagram
@andreagerstmann

Southern California Animation Events

One-on-One Storyboard Mentorship with Kris Wimberly
Portfolios for consideration due Fri. June 1st, 2018
http://www.theanimationnetwork.org/storyboardmentorship

Center Stage Gallery
Life Drawing from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday
$15 at the door / $12 online
http://centerstagegallery.com/events/

The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
Sun. June 3rd, 2018
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/664

Loop de Loop
Thurs. June 7th, 2018
8 p.m.
www.loopdeloop.org

Ground Zero Animation Expo
Sat. June 9th, 2018 – Sun. June 10th, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
https://gzaexpo.com

2018 UCLA TFT Film Festival: Animation Extravaganza, pt. 1
Sat. June 9th, 2018
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
https://bit.ly/2L6SrDE

2018 UCLA TFT Film Festival: Animation Extravaganza, pt. 2
Sat. June 9th, 2018
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
https://bit.ly/2sh9YBV

CTN MEETUP presents Impressions: Gouache & Oil works by Tiffanie Mang
Opening Reception – Thurs. June 14th, 2018
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
https://bit.ly/2sgIgp2

The Art of Incredibles II
Sat. June 23rd, 2018
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/670

Project Anime: Los Angeles
Tues. July 3rd – Wed. July 4th, 2018
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
https://bit.ly/2kAi9oK

Anime Expo 2018
Thurs. July 5th – Sun. July 8th, 2018 (Preview night July 4th)
http://www.anime-expo.org

Comic-Con International: San Diego
Thurs. July 19th – Sun. July 22nd, 2018 (Preview night July 18th)
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/attending-show

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. Nov. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

CTNX
Fri. Nov. 16th – Sun. 18th, 2018
http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

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Ep. 071: Convention Roundtable – Part II

Episode 071 of the Animated Journey Podcast is here with part 2 of our Convention Roundtable! In this episode artists and convention exhibitors Casey Robin, Jeff Schuetze and Alina Chau share tips and tricks for getting all of your convention supplies, organizing for the convention, showcasing your work, providing a positive customer experience, creating clear boundaries between you and booth barnacles, how to prevent con crud and more!

And check out these suppliers we’ve used for your convention gear:

Banners
www.esigns.com

Booklets, Prints and More
www.colorimages.com

Business Cards
www.moo.com

Plastic Bags and Backing Board
www.clearbags.com

Alina Chau’s Websites

Website
www.alinachau.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/ainachauart

Instagram
@AlinaChau

Tumblr
www.alinachau.tumblr.com

Twitter
@Alina_Minty

Casey Robin’s Websites

Website
www.caseyrobin.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/caseyrobinart

Etsy
www.etsy.com/shop/CaseyRobinArt

Instagram
@CaseyRobin

Tumblr
www.caseyrobin.tumblr.com

Twitter
@CaseyRobinArt

Southern California Animation Events

Center Stage Gallery
Life Drawing from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday
$15 at the door / $12  online
http://centerstagegallery.com/events/

Loop de Loop
Current theme: Lucky
Deadline May 27th, 2018 at 11:30 p.m. in your timezone
http://www.loopdeloop.org

Palm Springs International Animation Festival
Currently accepting entries – deadline Sat. June 16th, 2018
http://www.psiaf.org/submit-your-film-.html

Ground Zero Animation Expo
Sat. June 9th, 2018 – Sun. June 10th, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
www.gzaexpo.com

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. Nov. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

CTNX
Fri. Nov. 16th – Sun. 18th, 2018
http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

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Ep. 070: Bonus Episode – News, Events and Infinity War!

What’s happening in the world of animation? Well, we had so much fun talking about news, SoCal events and Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War that we decided to turn it into an entire bonus episode. Enjoy!

Southern California Animation Events

Center Stage Gallery
Life Drawing from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday
$15 at the door / $12  online
http://centerstagegallery.com/events/

ASIFA-Hollywood
Members only screening of Big Fish & Begonia 
Thurs. May 10th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
http://www.asifa-hollywood.org/members-screening-of-big-fish-begonia/

Gallery Nucleus 
Special Screening of Taiko Studios’ first short film One Small Step.
Sat. May 12th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-small-step-screening-panel-tickets-45393905393

Loop de Loop
Current theme: Lucky
Deadline May 27th, 2018 at 11:30 p.m. in your timezone
http://www.loopdeloop.org

Palm Springs International Animation Festival
Currently accepting entries – deadline Sat. June 16th, 2018
http://www.psiaf.org/submit-your-film-.html

Ground Zero Animation Expo
Sat. June 9th, 2018 – Sun. June 10th, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
www.gzaexpo.com

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. Nov. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

CTNX
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. 18th, 2018
http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

 

 

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Ep. 068: Animation Internship Roundtable – Part II

Once you’ve earned your animation internship, what do you do? What’s the best way to work hard and interact with your coworkers? And what happens if you get the job? Or don’t? Join us for part two of the Animation Internship Roundtable with returning Animated Journey Podcast guests James Mosley, Jocelyn Liang, Lauren Krieger and Cassie Soliday to find out!

James Mosley’s Websites

Twitter
@JamesMosleyII

Jocelyn Liang’s Websites 

Website
http://jocelynliang.com

Instagram
@JozDrawsInPrada

Lauren Krieger’s Websites

Website
http://www.laurenkrieger.com

Instagram
@LaurenKriegerArt

Twitter
@LaurenKrieger

Cassie Soliday’s Websites

Website
http://cassie-soliday.squarespace.com

Instagram
@CassieSoliday

Twitter
@CassieSoliday

Southern California Animation Events

Loop de Loop
Fri. April 13, 2018
8 p.m.
http://www.loopdeloop.org

CTN Road Trip
Sat. April 14, 2018 – Sun. April 15, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
http://ctnroadtripburbank.com/

Fan*Alley Expo
Sat. June 9th, 2018 – Sun. June 10th, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
www.gzaexpo.com

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th – Sun. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

CTNX
Fri. Nov. 16th – Sun. 18th, 2018
http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

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Ep. 067: Animation Internship Roundtable – Part I

How do you get an animation internship? What should you say during an internship interview? And once you land the job, how do you show your coworkers and supervisors that you would be a great addition to the team without coming across as creepy and weird? These are the questions we dealt with as interns and on episode 067 we tackle one of the toughest of all animation quests  – the animation internship! Join us for part one of the Animation Internship Roundtable with returning Animated Journey Podcast guests James Mosley, Jocelyn Liang, Lauren Krieger and Cassie Soliday!

James Mosley’s Websites

Twitter
@JamesMosleyII

Jocelyn Liang’s Websites 

Website
http://jocelynliang.com

Instagram
@JozDrawsInPrada

Lauren Krieger’s Websites

Website
http://www.laurenkrieger.com

Instagram
@LaurenKriegerArt

Twitter
@LaurenKrieger

Cassie Soliday’s Websites

Website
http://cassie-soliday.squarespace.com

Instagram
@CassieSoliday

Twitter
@CassieSoliday

Southern California Animation Events

CTN Road Trip
Sat. April 14, 2018 – Sun. April 15, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
http://ctnroadtripburbank.com/

Fan*Alley Expo
Sat. June 9th, 2018 – Sun. June 10th, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
www.gzaexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

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Ep. 065: Erik Perez – Production Assistant for Titmouse’s Little Big Awesome

Episode 065 of The Animated Journey Podcast features Titmouse production assistant Erik Perez! Growing up Perez spent his childhood watching shows on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon and drawing cartoons. He soon discovered that there were people behind the magic and enrolled at Cal State Fullerton, where he majored in animation. Soon after he interned at Nickelodeon Studio, and later became a production assistant for Titmouse’s Emmy award winning show, Nico and the Sword of Light and then later Little Big Awesome. In today’s episode Erik shares the importance of networking, taking notes and being open to new career paths.

Erik Perez’s Websites

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Aireek

LinkedIn
Aireek23

Instagram
@Aireek23

Southern California Animation Events

CTN Road Trip
Sat. April 14, 2018 – Sun. April 15, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
http://ctnroadtripburbank.com/

Fan*Alley Expo
Sat. June 9th, 2018 – Sun. June 10th, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
www.gzaexpo.com

People We Mentioned In The Episode

Steve Ahn’s Kickstarter for Blossom Detective Holmes
http://kck.st/2EsENIV

Sherm Cohen’s Storyboard Secrets
http://storyboardsecrets.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Editor – Jeff Schuetze

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

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Ep. 063: Andi Nakasone – Disney Feature Layout Assistant – Part II

In the final installment of our interview with Disney Feature Layout Assistant Andi Nakasone, Andi dives into the world of Disney Feature animation and working in layout. He discusses the importance of networking, treating everyone with respect whether you’re in the industry or not, and knowing your worth as a new or seasoned professional. It’s a fantastic wrap-up that you won’t want to miss!

Andi Nakasone’s Websites

Instagram
@andinakasone

Email
andi.nakasone@gmail.com

Southern California Animation Events

The 45th Annual Annie Awards
UCLA’s Royce Hall
Sat. Feb. 3, 2018 @ 7 p.m.
www.annieawards.org

Gallery Nucleus
Art of Blank Panther Panel & Book Signing
Sat. Feb.  24, 2018 @ 1 p.m.
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/646

An Art Tribute to Disney Television Animation
Sat. Feb. 24, 2018 @ 7 p.m.
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/gallery/642/exhibition

CTN Road Trip
Sat. April 14, 2018 – Sun. April 15, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
http://ctnroadtripburbank.com/

Fan*Alley Expo
Sat. June 9th, 2018 – Sun. June 10th, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
www.gzaexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Check out my comic for The Story Collider Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2ir8HTc

Check out my guest spot on Animation Station with Robbie and Tracy!
http://apple.co/1Th9CRV

Check out my two part interview on The Ink and Paint Girls Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2sJqw41

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Editor – Jeff Schuetze

Check out Jeff’s interview on this podcast!
http://bit.ly/2BmrPK1

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

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Ep. 062: Andi Nakasone – Disney Feature Layout Assistant – Part I

Welcome to the first episode of 2018 featuring the amazingly talented Andi Nakasone! Andi grew up in Okinawa, Japan and moved to the states to study…archeology. But he soon discovered that storytelling was his life’s passion and began to pursue cinematography and editing at Baylor University. After interning in New York and learning more about 3D animation, he moved to San Francisco to pursue his new dream of working in the animation industry. His is an awesome story that you won’t want to miss!

Andi Nakasone’s Websites

Instagram
@andinakasone

Email
andi.nakasone@gmail.com

Southern California Animation Events

Convention season is over but it’s never too late to stay up to date! Check out these Southern California conventions for your opportunity to register and exhibit your art in 2018.

Comic-Con International: San Diego
https://www.comic-con.org

Creative Talent Network Expo
www.ctnanimationexpo.com

DesignerCon
www.designercon.com

Fan*Alley Expo
www.gzaexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Check out my comic for The Story Collider Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2ir8HTc

Check out my guest spot on Animation Station with Robbie and Tracy!
http://apple.co/1Th9CRV

Check out my two part interview on The Ink and Paint Girls Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2sJqw41

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Editor – Jeff Schuetze

Check out Jeff’s interview on this podcast!
http://bit.ly/2BmrPK1

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

Ep. 061: Nic Gregory – Background Painter for Disney Publishing, Rough Draft Studios, Cartoon Network and more!

Background painter for Disney Publishing, Cartoon Network and Rough Draft Studios Nic Gregory joins us for episode 061 of The Animated Journey Podcast! In this last episode of 2017, Nic shares how his love for Fantasia and all things animation led him to venture from his native Australia to the United States in order for him to pursue a career in background painting and character design. For anyone who has ever wondered if they can make the leap from one career to another an ocean away, this episode for you!

Nic Gregory’s Websites

Website
www.nicgregory.com

Facebook
nic.gregory.18

Instagram
@NicGregoryArt

Twitter
@Nic_XL

Southern California Events

Convention season is over but it’s never too late to stay up to date! Check out these Southern California conventions for your opportunity to register and exhibit your art in 2018.

Comic-Con International: San Diego
https://www.comic-con.org

Creative Talent Network Expo
www.ctnanimationexpo.com

DesignerCon
www.designercon.com

Fan*Alley Expo
www.gzaexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Check out my comic for The Story Collider Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2ir8HTc

Check out my guest spot on Animation Station with Robbie and Tracy!
http://apple.co/1Th9CRV

Check out my two part interview on The Ink and Paint Girls Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2sJqw41

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Editor – Jeff Schuetze

Check out Jeff’s interview on this podcast!
http://bit.ly/2BmrPK1

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

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