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Podcast EP84: Character Designer Olivia Amoah's Journey from School to Looney Tunes

Artist walks through her journey from animation student, to intern, to working on the new series of classic Warner Bros. cartoons.

Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 84 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, 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 84: Character Designer Olivia Amoah's Detailed Journey From School To Looney Tunes.

This episode features Warner Bros. character designer Olivia Amoah, who walks through her career journey from animation student, to intern, to first full-time contract, to how she was hired to work on Looney Tunes.

Check out Ibele and Amoah to learn:

  • Why the hiring manager put Amoah on Looney Tunes when she applied for a totally different position
  • The rollercoaster journey she went on straight out of school
  • Olivia’s detailed plans to start her own animation/art business on the side

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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 www.terryibele.com. You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site: https://soundcloud.com/animation-podcast.

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

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