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In this audiobook, David B. Levy covers everything that aspiring animators need to know, from the value of going to school to study animation to the importance of networking. Award-winning narrator Richard Allen employs a chummy tone, narrating anecdotes from top animation professionals with verve and underscoring the general, positive attitude of the audiobook. Although Levy wants beginners to understand the challenges inherent in animation, he genuinely wants them to succeed as well.

After finishing this audiobook, listeners will understand why John Hays declares "If you feel that the true joy of artistic creation can only be fully experienced when everything you have is at risk…then starting an animation business is the way to go."

Publisher's Summary

Animation is a multibillion-dollar industry. Here’s an insider’s guide to getting into that industry, staying there, and getting ahead. Author David B. Levy has interviewed the top pros in animation, including Steven Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants; Al Brodax, producer of Yellow Submarine; Teddy Newton, character designer on The Incredibles; Linda Simensky, senior director of PBS Kids; John R. Dilworth, creator of Courage the Cowardly Dog; and dozens of others to get their insights on creating a portfolio or reel, meeting animators, networking, and making the leap from working for others to pitching and selling. A resource section lists animation schools, film festivals, studios, Web sites, and publications to get budding animators off to an animated start.

©2006 David B. Levy (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jessica Giang
  • 14-11-2019

It was eye-opening and inspiring

I'm into my third-year at San Jose State University as an animation major. And I was always scared on how I'd go about my path as an animator as a career. But hearing about the path of so many different types of animators becoming successful, but in their own way, and learning that this industry is so heavy on not just talent but connections as well... it has given me new motivation to keep trying! Pushing me out of my comfort zone to making that time to connect with my fellow peers. To enjoy school while I can and not stress too much over my skills as an artist, and just be passionate about. So, thank you, for writing this audiobook and I'd highly reccomend this to anyone interested in a career in animation.

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  • Alex Kong
  • 07-06-2019

Excellent book for anyone trying to make their way

This is hands down an amazing book full of valuable insight and excellent advice for anyone in the animation industry, from newbies to experts, anyone can benefit from it.

I specially liked the pitching section where there's very little info about, but overall it was very strong content enriched with many points of view that help round it out and not make it just the authors perspective.

Bravo and thanks for this piece of gold!

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  • Benjamin Ferrante
  • 11-03-2016

Valuable info for aspiring animators.

I wish I had this info sooner. It really drives home the importance of relationships and networking. It provides a good snapshot of a career in animation. Full disclosure I do not currently work in the industry so what do I know 😀

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  • Gabriel G.
  • 07-01-2016

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What did you love best about Your Career in Animation?

It gives you advice about many different areas in animation, from school to the field.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Your Career in Animation?

There were countless moments I enjoyed, most of them were advice in how to get work, since I am a student.

What about Richard Allen’s performance did you like?

His voice has so much life to it, like a friend who is supporting you while you're in a problem. This actors voice was perfect for this book, absolutely enjoyed listening to it over and over again.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was more like, "Oh, so this is new, let me pay attention and learn from this."

Any additional comments?

This book can be read over many times in several different times in an animation career.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-2020

amazing!!

well written, hope to use this advice in the future. Thought the author was a little annoying for my taste but overall good book

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