Mayim Memes

January 31, 2017 by  
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Animator, Rachel Peters recently noticed actress, Mayim Bialik was expressing having a tough time being trolled on social media for having her own opinions on serious world issues, as human beings are want to do.  As Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” segment illustrates, we too often forget there are real people behind those social media profiles.  It’s too easy to whip off a destructive comment to an artist who’s only crime was trying to be accessible to you.

As a child of the 80’s and 90’s, Rachel couldn’t let this happen to her Blossom without answering to it in some way. So, she called in her old friend, Illustrator, Alex Diochon to help her in a new drawing challenge.  They needed to work towards giving Mayim something fun to see on the internet.

The result, Mayim Bialik beating up trolls.

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By Alex Diochon

By Rachel Peters

By Rachel Peters

It’s Just Business

January 22, 2017 by  
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If you haven’t read my first opinion piece on this topic, you can find it here: http://rachelpeters.com/the-future-of-a-nation/3252/


I’ve heard people use the term “politically incorrect” over and over again in describing the way Canadian businessman, Kevin O’Leary has spoken to the public over the years.  Now that he is running for politics, I feel the need to speak up.

It is not “politically incorrect” to be unkind, unempathetic , and uncompassionate.  It’s simply a display of a defective person.  These are not respectable traits and they are not assets for leadership.

More troubling, I’ve heard news outlets refer to his comments as “provocative”.  What’s provocative about a man boasting of his greed and how millions of people in poverty only need to be motivated to be more like him?  What’s so provocative about a self-obsessed, rich, white man who’s completely out of touch with 99% of Canadians and their struggles? What is provocative about a man who says he doesn’t care about anything but money?

The only thing it provokes in me is nausea.
So, I suppose that week-old eggplant sandwich I tried to eat last night was also “provocative”.

Kevin has said he would like to distance himself from the things he’s said on TV.  I’m sure he would!  Wouldn’t we all love to distance ourselves from all the times we’ve said ignorant things!  But, you know what?  It’s called “Toughski Schittski”. There are consiquenses to the words you speak. You can’t apply for a management position, show up with no experience on your resume and then ask the interviewer to take it easy on you and please not check your references, because you’d like to distance yourself from all the terrible things you’ve said.

It doesn’t work that way anywhere else, Kevin.

You apply for this job, you have to answer for that you’ve told us you believe in.

You know what would be truly provocative?  If you stopped talking and started serving the public in any selfless way.  If you want be the boss of public service, show us you’re even remotely capable.  You’ve got a little catch-up to play, though, because all those “career politicians” you scoff at – they’ve been giving their lives to the people for decades.  So get to it!

It’s not personal, Kevin.  It’s just business.

Rachel Peters.

The Future of a Nation

January 18, 2017 by  
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I’m new-ish to Twitter (have had the account for a decade, but only started using it recently).

Today I tweeted at Canadian rich guy, Kevin O’Leary in response to his announcement that he’ll be running as the leader of the Conservative party, based on his experience playing a successful business man on television.

My sincere question to him via Twitter was this:

“In running for a position of public service, what experience do you personally have in serving the public…  and how might you convince me you have the public’s best interest in mind. The impoverished and the middle class.”

Of course, this was drastically shortened from the tweets I wanted to send, but I declined creating a seventeen-part, Drumpf-esque rant.

So, I will continue my questions to him here, full-well knowing he will never read them, but rather I’ll write for my own catharsis and to appease my light sprinkling of OCD, which I have found, when executed wisely, can be quite useful to me.

O’Leary’s opening statement on his “Why I’m Running” page of olearyforcanada.ca begins with “Canada cannot afford another 4 years of Justin Trudeau”.

There are plenty of things I don’t like about the current Liberal government (I didn’t vote for them, but I also didn’t vote Conservative).  But I’ll tell you what else Canada cannot afford in this political climate — its own greedy billionaire leader.

So, Kevin, you have some things you need to prove to the public before going any further.

You continue on in your statement to say that Canadians need “a Prime Minister who will fight for them”.  This is a true statement.  We absolutely do.  So what you need to do is show us some evidence that you are capable of this — any proof at all that you would fight for us.

I’ll tell you why I and many Canadians are wary:
It’s because of the sum of what most Canadians know of you.  We know you as someone who’s famous for being a rich guy on a reality show — a show that, much like the “Got Talent” franchise, makes its money off the backs of talented people who are desperate to make any money at all.  And on this show, you seem to really enjoy playing the character of the greedy villain who doesn’t care how anyone feels.  I sincerely hope it’s just a character, but I have my doubts.

I’ve watched enough of the show to hear you say you only care about money and that you go to bed thinking about money and wake up thinking about money.  I’ve listened to you tell us from your news room chair that global poverty is “fantastic news” because you believe it motivates the poor to become richer… As if poverty is a character flaw.  Do you really understand so little about life outside your own experience?

You say in your statement that you “have spent a lifetime fighting on behalf of investors”.  This seems to be the only qualification you claim in terms of what you’ve done for people.

So, why, when you have no personal financial stake in my well being, would you give a flying rip about fighting for me or anyone like me?

From the evidence in front of us, how would we know you actually care about the Canadian people and not just about your own investments?
Running a country is not simply a business investment.  People’s lives are at stake every day.  Do you really want to take on the responsibility of caring for them?  Because that’s the job you’re applying for.

I had sincerely hoped to click on your political website and find out something new that would enlighten me to why you think you’re qualified for a leadership position in public service.  I hoped I would see a resume of charitable foundations that are close to your heart, or volunteer work that you’ve done — anything selfless at all.

But the closest I could scrounge was “I have spent a lifetime fighting on behalf of investors”.

That means nothing to me, personally, seeing as I have no investments with you.  Most Canadians don’t.  So who do you really care about?  Who are you going to listen to? Who will have your ear when big issues arise?  People like me… or your investors?

If you want this job, you need to understand that we’ve all heard you brag about being greedy.  I’m not going to trust that you care about me now, simply because you say so.  The only thing you’ve publicly demonstrated to date is that you’re only interested in serving yourself.  Whether you’ve been acting as a character for TV or not, you’ll have to show us something new if you want be considered for this position.

Talk is cheap. Do something.  Show us you have a conviction that doesn’t involve you getting richer or more famous.

Here’s some advice from a hard working Canadian:  If you want be a boss, do what the rest of us have to do when starting a new career.

Start small.  Maybe volunteer, the way interns have to.  Then try a representing a riding or maybe become the mayor of something.  See how that goes.  Perhaps eventually you can try leading a province.  I bet you’ll learn a lot!  There are plenty of options out there that’ll get you the experience you need.

When you can show me a good resume, I may consider you qualified for the position.

Signed,

The Average Canadian

Fan Art?

January 7, 2017 by  
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As a tribute to the highly anticipated new preschool series, Rusty Rivets (for which I storyboarded), I’ve drawn his lesser known cousin.  He has a serious vitamin D deficiency.

Rusty Rickets ~ Squatty Pants Extraordinaire

Rusty Rickets ~ Squatty Pants Extraordinaire

Nick Jr.'s Rusty Rivets

Nick Jr.’s Rusty Rivets

More Dead Birds

August 11, 2016 by  
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Here’s some more of dead sparrows for your viewing pleasure:

Rusty Rivets

June 15, 2016 by  
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I don’t know who decided it was a good idea to make kids want to play with rusty sharp things, but RUSTY RIVETS is coming to Nickelodeon!

I storyboarded on this show, and I’m excited to see how popular the toys are going to be!  It is the new Paw Patrol, after all.

Your Argument is Invalid

June 1, 2016 by  
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In Franken Toy news, I made a Bowie Yoda, riding a Sharktopus.
All arguments are forever rendered invalid.

The end.

(No matter what I do, these photos refuse to appear upside-right.  Strange.)

See my other Franken Toys at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/frankentoys

Graduating to Storyboarding

May 30, 2016 by  
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It’s been a while since I’ve written about my work.  For a while there I had nothing to brag about, but in the last year I’ve just been so busy working on new things and learning new skills.

I’ve been exclusively storyboarding for TV series and I love it.  I knew developing into a stronger director would require that I start making a living of choosing shots and acting.  I had to finally jump those tracks from animation and supervising over into actually making creative choices.

Storyboarding is like directing with a safety net (the safety net being your director who makes the final call).

In the last year I’ve been lucky enough to have worked on three brand new shows that have all just started promoting themselves (so I can finally talk about them)!

Rusty Rivets, a great action preschool show

Mysticons, a SUPER-crazy-action super hero series

And now I’m beginning work on Welcome To the Wayne, a hilarious, action-packed comedy

Check out the Welcome to the Wayne web series on Nick!
http://www.nick.com/welcome-to-the-wayne/

Change the Face of “Networking”

April 29, 2016 by  
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Here is my advice on how to get ahead in any industry.  It may not translate into actual dollars, but it’s worth more than that.

Change your idea of “networking”.

I would much rather play the long game, so to speak.  If I can slowly get to know one good person as a real human being – even if it takes four or five years to be able to call them “friend” – I will invest in that opportunity over a party filled with celebrities and influential bosses any day.

Because what good are “connections” if they don’t even necessarily like you?  There are thousands of people who do what you do, and they’re probably better at it.   But to make a real friend, without any expectations – that’s unique.
To be able to have one person turn to you when they’re in trouble and know they can trust you to ask for help – that fills hearts and makes life-long impacts.

Connections for their own sake are empty, much like fame for fame’s sake.  Unless you’re a sociopath, the feeling you get in your gut from using people is a sick and sour one.

But friends who help friends simply because they care – that’s a solid foundation for big things.  Those are the real connections you’ll reap the benefits of in business and elsewhere for the rest of your life.

One of those relationships is worth one thousand shallow business card exchanges.

So when you’re at your industry conventions and festivals, I encourage you to skip a few official schmoozing events to pop out for a drink with the people you’ve met.  That’s where you’re more likely to start something lasting.

The end.

Production Studios, do the Math. Put your Crew First.

April 5, 2016 by  
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Dear people in charge of production studios,
You need to take care of your crew first.  I can’t believe it needs to be said.
If you have to choose between your crew or your client, you must choose your crew.
A healthy and content crew will take care of your client for you.  They will care.  They’ll have pride in their work and want people to be happy with it.  Like a child who respects their parent, they will want to do you proud.
A broken employee who feels that no one in charge cares about their well being will give up.  If they know the client is more important to you than them, they know that you will throw them under the bus the first time you have to decide who to keep on your good side.  That is a recipe for burning bridges.
A client will always want more for less. ALWAYS. A client without limits will never stop demanding more from your crew.  But that’s your fault.  You set the limits (or didn’t).
Choosing your client at the expense of your crew will break your crew.
If you believe people are tools to be used, broken and thrown away, then by all means, choose the client.  But do it knowing that is exactly what you’re choosing -to hurt and use up good people for an extra dollar or a little prestige.
Even if money is your bottom line, I suggest you do the math.
Take care of crew = client cared for by a happy crew. You end up with a client AND a loyal crew.
Take care of client at expense of crew = loss of a crew and hundreds of burned bridges and a business you can’t sustain with constant crew turnover and a client who keeps demanding more for less.
And even if all you care about is networking and impressive connections… you have no idea who the talented minds who work for you will go on to become.  In this industry your employee on one project may be your boss on the next.  …or your client.
Loving and caring for people, no matter what their status, isn’t just a pretty idea with distant, philosophical rewards. It actually has practical value.

I wish this didn’t need to be preached like some radical new idea.  But this is a serious problem for my industry (and any corporation, really) and it doesn’t need to be.  This just makes sense.
Clients need limits (duh), just like children with access to cookies need limits.
And nothing should be built on the backs of broken people.  THEY are your talent.  Without them your business would not exist.
Treat them as though you know it.  Be a good boss.  An infinite amount of office pizza parties cannot make up for choosing clients at the expense of your crew.
(Some things that contribute to “choosing a client over crew” include: unreasonable deadlines, unreasonable quotas, under staffing your crew, paying your crew too little, unlimited revisions for the client – essentially, all of the things that you want to offer to win a client, but that your crew will suffer for.)  When you write a contract for a job, always consider who will be staying evenings and weekends in order to fulfill the promises you’re making.
If you have a business with employees and your mantra is “the client is number 1”, then you’re on the wrong track. There’s no arguing it. You are either setting yourself up for eventual failure, or you’re consciously choosing to build your own personal success on the backs of broken spirits.  Which, to me, equals a much greater failure.  That’s my math.
If this is what you’ve been doing and you haven’t realized the direct and consistent consequences (the hard working people it’s hurting), then don’t fret.  I’m not calling you a villain of a boss.  Just start making it right.  Care for your crew in a real way – as if they’re real people with real problems.  Your brother, your mother, your child.  We can’t blame someone for something they didn’t know.  Just start now.
Sincerely,
Every employee.

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