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New Member Spotlight

Alexandra Drosu / February 1, 2021

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At the last General Membership Meeting, a group of talented new members were sworn in. Here, a few share about their lives, inspirations and what it means to them to join TAG. Alex “WhiteTreeFox” Burke Tell us a little about yourself and your career. I’m a California native, and I have unicorn hair! While I’ve…

Meet the New E-Board: Stephen Silver

Alexandra Drosu / February 3, 2020

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Tell us a little bit about your background. Art school was not in my cards. I drew for my high school newspaper and soon after graduating and attempting to fit in a community college, I dropped out and started my professional career at the age of 18 drawing caricatures in amusement parks. I started my…

Meet the E-Board: Recording Secretary Paula Spence

Alexandra Drosu / January 6, 2020

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Tell us a little bit about your background. I am very fortunate to have grown up with plenty of freedom and encouragement in a family that includes some artists among a wide range of hard workers, and I got my first job as an artist right after graduating high school.  I worked at an educational…

Meet the New Executive Board: Emily Walus

Alexandra Drosu / December 16, 2019

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Tell us a little about your background. I graduated with an Illustration degree from RISD and, not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life, moved out to LA. About a year later, I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and started working as a background designer on…

TAG in the Community: Joseph Statom

Alexandra Drosu / November 18, 2019

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Statom, an animator and visual effects artist, attended the “Rally of Justice” on Nov. 9, 2019 in support of immigrant rights and equality. “It was a great experience.  It’s always inspiring to see all the different types of unions we have in LA,” says Statom. “I watched Poncho Sanchez perform with a 100 percent union…

New Member Spotlight: Michelle Lam

Alexandra Drosu / August 26, 2019

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Michelle Lam is one of TAG’s newest members—she officially joined the Guild in July/August 2019! A 2018 CalArts graduate, she is currently working at Titmouse. Learn more about Michelle! Tell us  a little bit about yourself. I grew up in New York and moved to Southern California back in 2014 to attend CalArts. Ever since…

Siggraph Spotlight: Paolo Deguzmen

Alexandra Drosu / July 29, 2019

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Tell us a little bit about the Siggraph panel. On Tuesday, July 30 from 3:45-5:15 (West Hall B), I am honored to be a panelist presenting the production session:  “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden What?.” We will be discussing the challenges and hurdles we encountered during the production of the final film in…

Member Spotlight: Silvia Olivas

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Can you tell us a little bit about your career journey? I started my career working as a second stage manager on Univision’s El Show de Paul Rodriguez. It was there that I caught the writing bug and became a Writers’ Assistant on such comedies as The Wayans Bros. and The Nanny.  A few years later,…

Member Spotlight: Kali Ciesemier

Alexandra Drosu / July 1, 2019

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Kali Ciesemier never imagined that she would one day work in animation when she started her career as an illustrator. “My college didn’t have a big animation program and I didn’t know much about the industry until I fell into it,” she says. Here, the Color Supervisor on Netflix’s Battle Kitty shares her career journey…

Member Spotlight: Pat Marconett

Alexandra Drosu / May 21, 2019

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Marconett will be presenting his artwork as part of a collective show next month at Gallery 839, featuring work by artists teaching at CGMA, and opening on June 8th. Aside from teaching, Marconett works as a background designer mainly at Disney TV on Big Hero 6 and Sofia the First. Here, we take a moment…

Member Spotlight: Kris Mukai

Alexandra Drosu / May 6, 2019

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If you received an email announcing the Animation Guild’s inaugural Zinefest, you’ve see Kris Mukai’s work. An active member at the Guild, Mukai currently works as a writer on We Bare Bears, and will be showcasing some of her comics at the Zinefest on June 28th. But you can see here work before then at….

Member Spotlight: Rob Hoegee

Alexandra Drosu / April 9, 2019

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Starting with the original Teen Titans for Cartoon Network, Hoegee has been head writer and story editor on an impressive list of award-winning animated series including Legion of Super Heroes, Storm Hawks, Generator Rex, Slugterra and Thunderbirds are Go.  As a series creator, Rob just saw the launch of Abby Hatcher on Nick Jr. and as writer…