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The only advice you'll ever need to succeed.
The only advice you'll ever need to succeed.

"My advice to any aspiring cartoonists would be to network as much as possible. Of course keep working on your craft as an artist, that's something you'll be doing for the rest of your life anyway, but meet other people who are aspiring cartoonists as well. Help each other out. Get internships or apprenticeships in studios and make friends while you're there. I started as an intern on the Simpsons and King of the Hill and that is what started my career." Source

You have to start somewhere.
You have to start somewhere.

"I work the traditional 40hr work week with some overtime. Yes, I do have formal training in cartooning/design. I started studying animation since I was in high school. I didn't go to an art school for college, but attended many different smaller schools. I also interned on the Simpsons and King of the Hill and received training." Source

Surround yourself with awesome people.
Surround yourself with awesome people.

"Mike Judge is a brilliant, funny, and honest person. He wasn't around the studio too much when I was there, but the moments I have with him were very awesome. I wish he has more shows in the works." Source

And the best burger award goes to...?
And the best burger award goes to...?

"My favorite burger of the day name is Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Zucchini Burger." Source

One episode takes a lot longer than you may think...
One episode takes a lot longer than you may think...

"Completing an episode starts with the writing, voice recordings, storyboard, animation, retakes, then it airs. An episode can take up to 8 months to complete from start to finish. As a board artist I will work off the voice recording and script with the approval of my director. I draw every important shot and breakdown all the poses for the characters so the animators have a guideline to work off." Source

Storyboards are key.
Storyboards are key.

"Cartoons made strictly from scripts with no storyboard involved tend to be more inconsistent from scene to scene. I have worked on a show like that and it was not pleasant having the writers explain everything they wanted to happen. I feel really sorry for the animators having to fulfill that gap. Even the most rushed show, South Park, still has storyboards for the animators to work off." Source

That's one sweet internship to start out with!
That's one sweet internship to start out with!

"I got [my internship with King of the Hill] through my school's internship program. At the time it was as easy as calling Film Roman (the studio responsible for those shows) and asking for an internship. I literally got it over the phone the first time I ever contacted them. Because the shows were not union at the time I was able to help with character design. My job now is completely different from the internship. Back then everything was done on paper and now its all in the computer." Source

Glasses only fit for a special kind of gal.
Glasses only fit for a special kind of gal.

"Tina's glasses are different than every other character who wears glasses because her eyesight is just very bad and has a lot of magnification. I like to think she just has the worse eyesight in the show out of any character." Source

Tina was really supposed to be a Daniel.
Tina was really supposed to be a Daniel.

"Tina has a male voice because Dan Mintz is the voice actor. Originally Tina was going to be a boy named Daniel, but they changed it once the show got picked up by Fox. They like Dan's performance so much that they didn't want to recast." Source

Teamwork makes the dream work.
Teamwork makes the dream work.

"We have designers (character, bg, and props), directors, storyboard artists, and storyboard revisionists. Our animation is done overseas in Korea. Each episode will have about at least 4 board artists." Source

And the best part of the process is?
And the best part of the process is?

"My favorite moment during the creation of a board is when it's finished! Also when we screen the episode and you get laughs during your section." Source

No improv here!
No improv here!

"Most of the show is tightly scripted. A lot of improvised dialogue is cut down to fit the timing of the show. However, there are a few scene that are completely improvised." Source

The drawings can be haunting!
The drawings can be haunting!

"The item that I draw so much that it appears in my dreams is incidental background characters! They haunt my dreams." Source

That's a whole lot of time for one episode.
That's a whole lot of time for one episode.

"An episode can take up to 8 months to complete. Every process of the show takes weeks. Writing the show, rewrites, storyboard, revisions, animation, more revisions, more rewrites, more animation, more revisions, then it airs." Source

What a fun job!
What a fun job!

"I got started in this particular business by interning on the Simpson and King of the Hill. I studied art very young and got my first job in entertainment storyboarding a Dr. Pepper commercial while I was a senior in high school." Source

And let the creative juices flow.
And let the creative juices flow.

"We [me and my artist cohorts] get to decide the composition, acting, stage direction, and some design. When I work on a scene I am responsible for the acting and delivery of the visual gag. There are many instances where I will come up with something that the writers or my director didn't anticipate, but ended punching up the joke." Source

There's a catalog of characters.
There's a catalog of characters.

"Instead of being told how a character or background will look we have a catalog of incidental characters that we use in the show. Depending on the location and costuming the designers will make more incidentals to add to that list." Source

And the hidden Easter eggs are?!
And the hidden Easter eggs are?!

"I have put a few Easter eggs into the show. In the equestranauts episode there are some comic books Tina goes through. One of them has my last name on it." Source

The main characters are based on who?
The main characters are based on who?

"As for the main characters, there is no correlation with real life people. Unless, you consider John Roberts performance an imitation of his mother." Source

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