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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.

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!

May 12, 2021

I&PF-128, Apoorva Gaitonde, Storyboard Artist

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, Apoorva Gaitonde!

 

Apoorva has worked at companies like Gold Valley Films, Nickelodeon, Rooster Teeth, Wild Canary Animation,  on tv projects like “The Casagrandes” and the upcoming Disney Jr show “Chicken Squad”, as well as the feature film, “Ella and the Secret Prince”. With her international background, she brings experience and a deep appreciation of different cultures to her work. She believes that diverse perspectives can only enhance and help develop great stories! Be sure to check out her short film, “Fitting In”, which is inspired by her story as an immigrant trying to ‘fit in’ in a different country.

 

Find Apoorva online: 
www.apoorvagaitonde.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!

April 21, 2021

I&PF-127, Kendall Michele Haney, Animation Writer & Story Editor

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 writer and story editor, Kendall Haney!

Kendall is an emmy-nominated TV writer who has worked on Disney’s The Lion Guard, Disney Jr’s Rocketeer, an upcoming show for HBO Max titled Little Ellen, and is currently story editing on an unannounced show for Mattel.  But writing wasn’t her first gig in animation. She spent years in production management, too! She’ll share with us how she made the leap from production to writer, as well as how she’s managed to let go of the pursuit of perfection in her writing and just enjoy the doing.

She’s also the creator and host of the podcast, “Typin’ Toons”. If you want to pursue tv writing, specifically for animation, I highly recommend checking her podcast out. It’s fantastic, full of wisdom, and she and her guests take deep dives into specific areas of the craft.

Typin' Toons: https://www.typintoons.com

 

Find Kendall online:
Twitter + Instagram + Website

 

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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!

April 7, 2021

I&PF-126, Elizabeth Ito, Creator of “City of Ghosts”

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

Hosted by Katya Bowser and Cassie Soliday

 

Today's guest is creator, Elizabeth Ito!

With experience in both TV and Feature animation, Elizabeth shares her journey from storyboard artist to supervising director to developing her own short at Cartoon Network to creating and running her own series at Netflix. She shares what it’s been like to create something out of the box to what a typical kids show is, how she learned to embrace what makes her unique and develop her voice, as well as her thoughts on life, art, comedy, motherhood, and everything in between.

Find Elizabeth online:
Twitter + Instagram + Website

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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!

March 25, 2021

I&PF-125, Dino Ranch Week! w/ Anna Keenan, 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

This week is all about Dino Ranch!

Today's guest is producer, Anna Keenan!

Working from the ground up in production, Anna used every experience to become the brilliant producer she is today. She shares with us how she sees production as a creative role full of creative problem solving, how she hires with potential to grow in mind, and how once she gave herself permission to make mistakes, the process became more fun! With lots of shop talk and references to Pixar’s Soul, we hope you’ll enjoy our conversation!

 

Find Anna online:

https://www.instagram.com/annakeenan_photography/

https://www.instagram.com/revealing_2020/

www.annakeenan.com

 

 

Who She Wants You to Check Out!

https://www.instagram.com/missjullyblack/

https://www.instagram.com/cathy.keenan/

https://www.instagram.com/tocacu/

https://www.instagram.com/elicserelliott/

https://www.instagram.com/dino_ranch/

 

Additional amazing women, you might want to check out:

https://www.instagram.com/gabriellelasporte/

https://www.instagram.com/saginesemajuste/

https://www.instagram.com/denoshbennett/

https://www.instagram.com/drlisejanelle/

https://www.instagram.com/ayanna_sealey/

https://www.instagram.com/nasiathomas/

https://www.instagram.com/andreanne.your.osteopath/

https://www.instagram.com/stateofsate/

https://www.instagram.com/smyogini/

 

Some Additional Resources:

https://www.producinganimation.com/

https://www.creativityincbook.com/

https://www.elizabethgilbert.com/books/big-magic/

 

 

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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!

March 24, 2021

I&PF-124, Dino Ranch Week! w/ Caitlin Menard, Animation Supervisor

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

This week is all about Dino Ranch!

Today's guest is animation supervisor, Caitlin Menard!

 

Obsessed with Disney movies, World of War Craft, and Lord of the Rings, Caitlin found herself wanting to work in CG- but not as an animator. That was a surprise! But she wouldn’t trade her luck for the world. She shares that experience of pivoting career expectations, how she transitioned from college into the workplace, and what her workload looks like as an animation supervisor.

 

Find Caitlin online:

www.caitlinmenard.com

 

Who she encourages us to check out:

Erica Worthylake - https://www.instagram.com/eworthylake/?hl=en

Sarah Anne Davis -  https://sarah-anne-davis.com/?page_id=38

Anastasia Boguslavskaya -  https://www.instagram.com/anastasia_bogu/

Scott Ferguson - https://www.instagram.com/scotthferguson/

 

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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!

March 23, 2021

I&PF-123, Dino Ranch Week! w/ Andrea Serralde, 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

This week is all about Dino Ranch!

Starting with today’s guest: production coordinator, Andrea Serralde!

 

Amazingly, Andrea saw Dino Ranch at its earliest development stages. Interested at the first mention of dinosaurs, she later found herself working on the show as a production coordinator! In this interview, we discuss how she became an accent coach to Miguel’s voice actor, how she stays organized and on top of her responsibilities, along with her best kept Google productivity secrets, and how she determines priorities when everything is a priority.

 

Find Andrea online:

LinkedIn

Instagram

 

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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.

 

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!