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Animation Industry Podcast EP71: Aaron Hazouri’s Harsh Reality of Pursuing Storyboard Artist Work In LA

The latest installment of Terry Ibele’s in-depth interview series with guests including JJ Villard, John Musker, Tina Nowracki, and Fred Seibert, who share their stories, insights, and career advice.

Terry Ibele's Animation Industry Podcast Episode 71: Aaron Hazouri Shares The Harsh Reality Of Pursuing Storyboard Artist Work In LA.

Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 71 in-depth interviews he’s done with a very cool selection of artists from animation and related industries. With a new podcast every week, Ibele is dedicated to sharing the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way.  Episodes cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more. Guests have included the notorious JJ Villard, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.

Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard), deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design and animation.

His most recent interview is Episode 71: Aaron Hazouri Shares The Harsh Reality Of Pursuing Storyboard Artist Work In LA

This episode features story artist and illustrator Aaron Hazouri, who sheds light on the harsh reality of pursuing work as a storyboard artist in LA. You’ll get a first-hand look of how tough it can be to get work, what you’ll have to sacrifice, what your odds of landing a full-time role really are, and what you’d have to do to pursue it seriously.

Check out Ibele and Hazouri to learn:

  • How much networking really matters in landing a job
  • What studios will never tell you about their job postings
  • The real reason he stopped pursuing storyboard work in LA

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In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.

Learn more about Ibele’s work and podcast by visiting You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site: