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Podcast EP 162: How Jace Wertz Quit His Retail Job to Get into Stop-Motion

The stop-motion animator discusses the change in mindset that allowed him to leave his job after 15 years to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional filmmaker.

Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way. Now home to 162 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, and game design.

Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, 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.

His most recent interview is Episode 162: How Jace Wertz Quit His Retail Job to Get Into Stop Motion

This episode features stop-motion animator Jace Wertz, who quit his job in retail (after 15 years) to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional filmmaker. Since then, he’s set up a complete home studio and has gone on to become a stop-motion animator, CG animator, editor, director, and audio wizard. He was recently featured in a WEDU Arts Plus documentary and his work on the Chompin’ Stompin’ music video was nominated for a WSebby this year.

Tune in to Ibele and Wertz to hear:

  • How Wertz’s change in mindset opened new doors of opportunity
  • What equipment is needed to create a home stop-motion studio
  • How it took 3 years to make the Chompin’ Stompin’ music video

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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.

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:

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.