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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.

January 13, 2022

IPF-141, Liza Singer, Storyboard Artist and Director

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 director, Liza Singer!

 

Liza has worked across TV, feature, games, and, honestly, they've done a little of everything! From working at Warner Brothers on “Harley Quinn” and "DC Super Hero Girls" to "Disenchantment" at Rough Draft Studios, and even some preschool titles. But before all this, they got their start animating and illustrating for clients like Coca Cola, Prudential, and the Broadway Musical “Big Fish”. Today, Liza shares how they broke into animation, focused their storyboarding portfolio and skills, overcame a hand injury to continue doing what they love, and transitioned from storyboards into directing. So much to share today! Dive in when you're ready.

 

Find Liza online:

http://www.liza-singer.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, Asians in Animation, and Diverse Toons.

 

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

November 17, 2021

IPF-140, Kira Rodrigues, Animation Artist and Junior 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 animation artist and junior producer, Kira Rodrigues!

Kira is a recent graduate from Singapore with internships under her belt and endeavoring into her first full-time film and animation industry job. She has big hopes and dreams and is excited to share how she plans to get there. In our chat, she shares how she managed her time in college when more and more piled onto her plate, how she pushed past shyness to interact with other like-minded animation lovers online, how she became involved with Rise Up Animation and even volunteers for them now.

 

Find Kira online:

https://kcjrofficial.wixsite.com/portfolio

 

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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

November 8, 2021

Hello Stop Mo! *A new podcast brought to you by Animation Wild Card & Ink and Paint Folk!

Now for something slightly different! Today's episode is an entirely new podcast I'm producing with Alexis Deprey and Casey Follen from Animation Wild Card and I hope you'll check out! 

 

Hello Stop Mo! is an educational limited podcast series to empower you with introductory knowledge of the stop motion industry to help reduce barriers of entry for newcomers as well as demystify how to navigate this career. And it's all guided by the contagious passion of the creator-hosts, Alexis Deprey and Casey Follen.

For show notes and a glossary of terms, please visit our website: https://animationwildcard.com/hellostopmo

 

Ink and Paint Folk will return to its normally scheduled run next week, so be sure to keep up to date and follow Hello Stop Mo! on Spotify, Stitcher, or Apple Podcasts.

Love,
Cassie

October 27, 2021

IPF-139, Kathy Jo Larson, Storyboard Artist & Director

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 director, Kathy Jo Larson.

She’s worked for companies like PBS Kids, Joe Murray Studios, 9 Story, PrimalScreen, and more, doing all sorts of roles like storyboarding, directing, animating, and anything else she could use her artistic skills for. Today she’ll share how she survived the lean times after college, started her art LLC to begin her freelance business, the wild ride to moving from Georgia to Los Angeles, getting a fantastic storyboarding opportunity on the adorable show, “Let’s Go Luna” and how she eventually got to direct on it, too. It took years to get there, but she did it, and she knows you can, too.

Find Kathy Jo online:

https://www.hellokathyjo.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

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!