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“What Do You Do?” Week: Lauren, Awesome Animator

This week, we’re spending a little time learning all about you and the awesome and unexpectedly cool jobs you do. Each one of these profiles was culled from you, dear Frisky readers, and we’re amazed by the incredible jobs you have. This is our attempt to learn more about what you do for a living.

After the jump, read all about Frisky reader lovely Lauren’s job as an on-point animator.Lauren, 31, Assistant Animation Editor on “Phineas and Ferb”

Location: Burbank, CA

An Average Day: Prior to working on this show, I was a Music Supervisor for all of Disney TV Animation. It got me plenty familiar with the people involved with new animated shows in development and production. Given my background in post-production, I had really hoped to start editing at some point. I flat-out just asked the creators of the show if they would consider me for the job. Poof! Here I am. My average day: after feeding my office pet puffer-fish, “Suppoto,” I’ll usually assemble and “sync” the new animated shows that come in from overseas before the directors see them. I also cut in revised scenes that the directors had called notes on and make outputs of the shows for various screening purposes.

The Best Part Of Your Job: Telling kids that I work on “Phineas and Ferb.” I go from “random lady” to “rockstar status” in their eyes by the time I finish mentioning the title of the show. Kids LOVE it.

The Worst Part Of Your Job: When people outside of the field hear my job title, they immediately assume that I answer the lead editor’s phone.

The Most Surprising Thing: Making cartoons is a BIG business. There are at least 50 people on my crew alone. That doesn’t count the various freelancers and the overseas animation studios. So much hard work goes into the seconds that fly by on the screen!

The Craziest Thing That’s Happened: Typically, we try really hard to catch any of the mistakes and continuity issues throughout the shows from scene to scene. Mind you, there are about 200 to 250 scenes per 11 minutes of animation so SOME things can slip by us and go to air. Normally, I wouldn’t hear about the things we miss except for the fact that my mom is a 2nd grade school teacher in Pennsylvania, the prime demographic for the show. Kids do not miss a BEAT! She reports back to me about all of the stuff they catch and we miss.

If You Weren’t Doing This Job, What Other Path Might You Pursue? I’ve been totally into Landscape Architecture and Japanese Gardens for a while now. Waaaaaaay different than sitting in an office in front of four huge computer monitors!

Does What You Went To School For Have Any Relationship To What You Now Do? Yes, I went to an art school and studied film and animation.

What Advice Would You Give To Someone Interested In Getting Into Your Field? Go to film school (or apprentice with an editor if you don’t want the debt!), move to Los Angeles, meet other animators, and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want out of a job. There are no mind readers in animation!

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