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 development and story artist, Sharon Bridgeman!
Sharon was born in Ireland and worked as an animator, supervisor and character designer for studios in Dublin, London, and Berlin before making her way to California. She’s currently a story artist at a newer studio called Spire Animation, but her first job in animation was as an in-betweener on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Ireland and her titles only get more fun and impressive since! Having worked in feature and TV, you may recognize some titles: "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," "Boss Bay" , "Abominable", Kung Fu Panda:"Secrets of the Scroll", Kung Fu Panda 2", "Rise of the Guardians" and "Spirit." Today, Sharon will talk with us through her journey, share her secret to pitching and how it’s okay to not know everything, it’s okay to be soft spoken or not have big energy when pitching, and how no idea is stupid and every voice deserves to be heard.
This podcast is produced in partnership with Women in Animation
"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.