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Podcast EP73: Animator Christian Lie On How He Gets Millions Of Views On YouTube

Listen to 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.

Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 73 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.

His most recent interview is Episode 73: Animator Christian Lie On How He Gets Millions Of Views On YouTube

This episode features animator Christian Lie, who got his start in 2013 by sharing rock music history video essays on YouTube. Since then, his channel has blown up to over 250,000 subscribers and hit nearly 20 million collective views this year. Recently Lie began shifting his channel towards animation and began the Character Design podcast to learn as much as he can from other artists.

Check out Ibele and Lie to learn:

  • Lie’s personal study schedule for learning the principles of animation
  • Lie’s formula to get millions of views on YouTube
  • Lie’s best advice for someone starting their career in animation

Lie’s Social Links:

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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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.