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Where we celebrate women and non-binary folk working in animation, and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

October 13, 2021

I&PF-138, Romney Marino, Associate Producer

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

Today's guest is associate producer, Romney Marino!

 

Romney enjoys working with teams and creative problem solving so it’s perfect that she loves working in production! With many years experience under her belt, you’ve undoubtedly seen titles she’s worked on like DC Super Hero Girls, Green Lantern, Astro Boy, Finding Nemo, and so many more. In our chat, she shares what it’s been like to work from home during the pandemic, how lucky opportunities can sprout into a fruitful career, and what it takes to become a good manager.

 

Find Romney online:

https://twitter.com/RomneyTM

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation. and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

 

*Note: With the name change, the transitioning of the title may be inconsistent across the web for a bit. Thanks for your patience!

September 30, 2021

I&PF-137, Elissa Sussman, Author of ”Drawn that Way”

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Jessie Juwono and Cassie Soliday

Today's guest is Elissa Sussman!

 

She is the author of the upcoming book, DRAWN THAT WAY published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

The story follows highschool student, Hayley Saffitz who lands a spot in renowned animation director Bryan Beckett’s once-in-a-lifetime summer program. She has a plan: snag one of the internship’s coveted directing opportunities, dazzle Bryan with her talent, and secure a job post-graduation. 

Except she doesn’t actually land a directing position. All of those go to the boys. And one of them is Bryan’s son, Bear.

Despite Bear’s obvious apathy for the internship, Hayley soon realizes that there’s more to him than she expected. As they work together, the animosity between them thaws into undeniable chemistry and maybe something… more.

But Hayley can’t stop thinking about the chance she was refused.

Will she conform to the expectations of her idol, or will she risk her blossoming relationship with Bear- and her future- to prove that she’s exactly as talented as she knows she is?

I was so hyped to read this book since learning of its existence. And it’s even better knowing that Elissa used to work in the animation world herself at studios like Nickelodeon, Disney, Dreamworks, and Sony Imageworks on films like The Croods, Hotel Transylvania, The Princess and the Frog, and Tangled. So she knows the ups and downs of this industry intimately and makes it personal to teen readers.

In this interview, she shares what went into writing her new book, what it took to pivot from animation into publishing, that eager beaver energy you have when you’re first starting out, and the realization that your dream job or industry has a dark side.

 

Find Elissa online:

https://elissasussman.com

 

Learn more about her book:

https://bookshop.org/books/drawn-that-way-9781534492974/9781534492974

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation, Asians in Animation, and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

 

*Note: With the name change, the transitioning of the title may be inconsistent across the web for a bit. Thanks for your patience!

September 10, 2021

I&PF-136, Jessie Kate Bui, Co-Author of ”Talking Threads: Costume Design for Animation, Games, and Illustration”

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

Today's guest is the project director and co-author of Talking Threads: Costume Design for Animation, Games, and Illustration”, Jessie Kate Bui!

 

Jessie is an author, designer, and educator who specializes in costume design! She also uses personality psychology to inform her design decisions and loves to share that passion with others. She teaches at Art Center College of Design and also mentors groups and individuals in her own online program for animation, games, and comics. She shares how her new book came about, what went into researching it, how she stays motivated to share her passions, and walks us through what it takes to use psychology to make decisions in her design work.

Find Jessie online:

https://www.jessiekate.com

 

Learn more about her book:

https://designstudiopress.com/fall-winter-2020-preorders/talking-threads/

 

Order her book:

https://bookshop.org/books/talking-threads-costume-design-for-animation-games-and-illustration/9781624650482

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation, Asians in Animation, and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

 

*Note: With the name change, the transitioning of the title may be inconsistent across the web for a bit. Thanks for your patience!

August 4, 2021

I&PF-135, Suzanna Olson, Producer

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

Today's guest is Producer, Suzanna Olson!

 

As a dedicated animation production professional she has committed herself to supporting creatives and finding ways to be always improving the production pipeline, ways to improve herself and her interactions with others, as well as ways of lifting up those around her. We discuss her passion and drive, the politics of being a production person and reading a room of creatives, and how she was promoted right after returning from maternity leave (something that rarely, if ever, happens!!!). Suzanna is a delight, and I’m so excited for you to meet her!

 

*Please note that this interview was recorded in 2018.

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation. and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

 

*Note: With the name change, the transitioning of the title may be inconsistent across the web for a bit. Thanks for your patience!

July 22, 2021

I&PF-134, Michelle Rincon Eloren, Storyboard Artist (part 2)

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

Today's guest is Storyboard Artist, Michelle Rincon Eloren!

 

Michelle got her start as a production assistant on "Let’s Go Luna"! But it this isn’t your usual PA gig because she also did storyboard revision work. That’s right, it was a hybrid position- both artistic and production oriented! She’s also a charter member of LatinX in Animation (LXiA) which represents a diverse group within the Animation, VFX, and Gaming industries dedicated to uniting a talented pool of innovators with a heart to create exceptional stories across multiple platforms.

In this interview, She shares how she finally broke into animation after years of trying, what it was like working in production and storyboard, how she got promoted, and so much more.

 

Find Michelle online:

https://www.michellerinconart.com

 

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation. and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

 

*Note: With the name change, the transitioning of the title may be inconsistent across the web for a bit. Thanks for your patience!

July 20, 2021

I&PF-133, Michelle Rincon Eloren, Storyboard Artist (part 1)

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

Today's guest is Storyboard Artist, Michelle Rincon Eloren!

Michelle got her start as a production assistant on "Let’s Go Luna"! But it this isn’t your usual PA gig because she also did storyboard revision work. That’s right, it was a hybrid position- both artistic and production oriented! She’s also a charter member of LatinX in Animation (LXiA) which represents a diverse group within the Animation, VFX, and Gaming industries dedicated to uniting a talented pool of innovators with a heart to create exceptional stories across multiple platforms.

In this interview, She shares how she finally broke into animation after years of trying, what it was like working in production and storyboard, how she got promoted, and so much more.

 

Find Michelle online:

https://www.michellerinconart.com

 

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation. and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

 

*Note: With the name change, the transitioning of the title may be inconsistent across the web for a bit. Thanks for your patience!

June 30, 2021

I&PF-132, Ashley Lam, Storyboard Artist & Production Coordinator

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

Today's guest is Storyboard Artist and Production Coordinator, Ashley Lam!

 

Ashley has worked for studios like Stoopid Buddy, Joe Murray Studios, and Walt Disney Animation- which means she’s worked in both TV and Feature- and even more than that, she’s worked as a production assistant and coordinator as well as a storyboard revisionist. In our conversation, she shares how she navigates both avenues within Animation, how she cultivated management skills as she was promoted from assistant to coordinator, what she’s aiming for in the future and how she plans to get there.

 

Find Ashley online:

https://www.ashleylamstory.com

 

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation. and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

 

*Note: With the name change, the transitioning of the title may be inconsistent across the web for a bit. Thanks for your patience!

June 17, 2021

IPF-131, Sabrina Cotugno, Director (part 2)

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

Today's guest is Director, Sabrina Cotugno!

This is part 2 of our interview. Be sure to check out part 1!

Sabrina has been a storyboard and/or director on shows like Gravity Falls, Star vs the Forces of Evil, The Owl House, as well as had an overall deal for their own development work. But everyone has to start somewhere! And while they had internships with Pixar and Disney Feature under their belt, Sabrina still didn’t get hired right away! They share how they stayed motivated to keep moving forward, testing for shows, and finding freelance before finally breaking in. Sabrina also talks about working on their web comic, The Glass Scientists,  even when they was gainfully employed.

 

Find Sabrina online:

http://www.seegoatrun.com/galleries/

 

Glass Scientists Comic:

https://www.theglassscientists.com

 

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation. and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

 

*Note: With the name change, the transitioning of the title may be inconsistent across the web for a bit. Thanks for your patience!

June 15, 2021

I&PF-130, Sabrina Cotugno, Director (part 1)

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

Today's guest is Director, Sabrina Cotugno!

Sabrina has been a storyboard and/or director on shows like Gravity Falls, Star vs the Forces of Evil, The Owl House, as well as had an overall deal for their own development work. But everyone has to start somewhere! And while they had internships with Pixar and Disney Feature under their belt, Sabrina still didn’t get hired right away! They share how they stayed motivated to keep moving forward, testing for shows, and finding freelance before finally breaking in. Sabrina also talks about working on their web comic, The Glass Scientists,  even when they was gainfully employed.

 

Find Sabrina online:

http://www.seegoatrun.com/galleries/

 

Glass Scientists Comic:

https://www.theglassscientists.com

 

 

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation. and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

 

*Note: With the name change, the transitioning of the title may be inconsistent across the web for a bit. Thanks for your patience!

May 26, 2021

I&PF-129, Mylene Santos, 3D Character Animator

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Folk podcast- a look at animation through the women and non-binary folk who make it!

Hosted by Cassie Soliday

Today's guest is 3D Character Animator, Mylene Santos!

 

She was pursuing fine art, graduating college with a BFA when the animation industry was hit with a new form of animation: 3D! And the studios needed CG animators, stat! Recently graduated and in need of a job, Mylene entered the studio’s training program and discovered her new passion: bringing characters to life! Following her passion for the craft has led her to work in tv animation, feature, and games from the Philippines to Canada then Los Angeles. She’s animated for projects like Call of Duty, World War Toons, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Curious George 2, Hoodwinked, and more!

 

Find Mylene online:

https://santosmylene.wixsite.com/mysite

 

Links referenced in interview:

https://www.fudgeanimation.com/2018/06/the-best-websites-for-animation-inspiration-and-communities/

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This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org

"Today, women hold only 20% of the creative roles in animation. WIA wants to make it 50/50 by 2025!"

Please also check out other great organizations promoting diversity in the industry: Black n’ Animated, Rise Up Animation, LatinX in Animation, Asian Queens in Animation. and Diverse Toons.

 

Ink and Paint Folk on Social Media:
Twitter: @InkandPaintFolk - Instagram: @inkandpaintfolk

 

*Note: With the name change, the transitioning of the title may be inconsistent across the web for a bit. Thanks for your patience!