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!
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.
I work in the commercial animation industry where, like the rest of TV and film, there is a major, inexcusable, and definitely not accidental gap when it comes to gender and creative leadership. Even now in 2015, when official policies state otherwise.
As someone who directs and plans to direct more and bigger, I’m personally offended – like a punch to the gut – when I go from studio to studio and see 100% men doing what I was made to do.
It’s a clear message to me that says, “You’re not allowed”.
Dear women in business,
Here is something I’ve been learning:
Now is the time.
Now it’s about time.
We need to show up at the door of the places we want to be and we need to stop asking permission to be there.
The men don’t ask permission. They assume it’s their right to be where they want to be. Let’s adopt that sense of privilege. There is no reason we shouldn’t.
I know for your whole career there has been some room you’ve been told you’re not allowed to enter.
You’re told this by having witnessed that no matter how qualified you are, only men get that job. Year after year, decade after decade.
I understand that after so long of being passed over, you eventually give up trying. The fight can become so tiring that it stops being worth it.
I’m telling you now that the winds are changing. The old boys are dying out and the “no girls allowed” clubs are no longer appropriate.
But official policies aren’t good enough anymore. They’re completely empty without action.
We need to start be bosses – we need to assume we can. And once we are bosses we need to hire each other as much as we hire men.
We can be our own worst enemies. And it’s not acceptable.
We will never make real, practical change unless we show up without apology, stop asking permission to be there, and work together as stepping stones for each other, toward real opportunities.
Most of us don’t show up for those opportunities, because we think we need to be the best before we even try. After all, if you become the first female boss in what you do, you’ll bee seen as an ambassador for all women. If you stink, we all stink, right?
Well, look around! There are all varieties of men who stink at their job and they don’t reflect on all mankind. They only reflect on themselves.
Their bar isn’t set nearly as high as the one we set for ourselves.
Half of them BS their way into the job and then fumble their way through it until they get good.
So, just go! Take one step forward with confidence. Learn. Compare merit to merit and that is all.
When anyone (men and women) tell you you’re being too bossy or too outspoken or forward, you make that your background music as you pass them by on your walk to success.
When they tell you you’re being paranoid, because this prejudice doesn’t exist, you pity them for the tiny bubble they live in and the small world view they have.
Now be good at what you do, represent yourself, and keep showing up at that door.
We are 50% of the human population and we are qualified.
photo by lightmonkey.ca
Who wouldn’t want to receive this little baby cakes for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.
She truly is the rarest animal on earth and the most magical snail monster you’ll ever meet.
Share this blog post if you don’t hate Christmas, ponies and children!
I have one more painting to add to the collection of stuff I painted based on photos friends have uploaded to facebook.
This one is of Port Chevalier, Auckland New Zealand. The photo is, again, by variety performer, musician and pretty great photographer, Kim Potter.
I don’t really like painting landscapes all that much, but if I can find something to treat like a character, I’m happy. These trees have a lot of character.
And now I must pack away the paints and easel and move to Toronto. Here’s hoping they come back out again when I settle on the other side.
I don’t know who he is.
I’ve been slacking off in posting my doodles, so here’s some of the backlog! Doodle overload!!
I imagine he’s squeezy — like the soft, rubber, watter-filled balls they sell at dollar stores.
Happy American Easter!