cuteboybaths asked: are you going to work on the second season of Legend of Korra?
After the writing of the first season of Korra, when few people thought there would be a second, I accepted a job at Dragons: Riders of Berk for Cartoon Network. Sadly I was unable to return to Nick in time for season two of Korra.
But Dragons is finally going to premiere September 4!
probablywizardly-deactivated201 asked: Hi, so, I have a somewhat-serious question.
First of all, congratulations on working on Korra, I'm really excited for it to come out.
And, I'm applying to college in September for Film/Animation and Illustration... but I'm really scared about finding a job when it comes time to. How did you end up breaking into such big-time studios and how is it living contract-by-contract? Sorry if this is something you get a lot, I'm just really scared and I don't want my fear to stop me from doing something I've always wanted to do.
Hello there -
The great thing about Nickelodeon, and a lot of the big studios, is that they have internship programs to get you in the door. The vast majority of people I know who have gotten jobs at studios did so after interning, but even then it is a struggle. (Over the course of a year after I interned at Nick, I interviewed there nine times.) Getting hired is a lot about finding personalities that match, and for artists, styles. A lot of talented people apply to these jobs, so you have to be good and you have to be cool. The artists on Korra are insanely talented, but the good news for you is they’re surprisingly young. Most of the board revisionists and color stylists are recent college grads. Just beware you may have to kill some time in a menial job while you try to get the one you want. I got very lucky to have landed on Korra.
The thing you should be very sure of is, #1, that you are willing to live and work in Los Angeles. Most people I’ve met who live here and aren’t from here don’t like it too much, myself included. Having an awesome job helps, but that may be years off, and even then, a job is still a job, and it won’t make living somewhere you don’t like better. For me, the biggest problem is the lack of seasons. Like, it has been 72 degrees for three years straight. It’s a little insane.
Living contract-to-contract is a pain, for sure, and it can grate the nerves. But with every job, finding the next job gets easier. What’s really hard about it is that where your next job is could be an extra 30-40 minutes further from where you live, and you may end up spending an hour stuck in traffic every day. Fortunately, a lot of the animation studios are nearby, but they’re also far from Hollywood and from the beach, which are where a lot of LA’s fun times are located. But don’t let the contract aspect worry you too much.
So in closing, if you are determined and talented and cool, you will do fine. But it may take time, and you will have to live here, and the longer you live here, the harder it is to leave.
Hope this was equal parts depressing and reassuring. Best of luck!