69 Straight Ahead w/ Shannon Parayil: Unlimited Growth Straight Ahead Animation Podcast

Meet Shannon Parayil, an Indian-American Visual Development artist. Currently working at Sony Animation, Shannon has also worked for a variety of studios including Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Bros, and Netflix. We discuss what it's like being on such short contracts with studios, and where she was recruited for those projects in such a short time. We dive a lot into Shannon's experience as a student, and how putting aside her own art goals to fill production roles paused her growth as an artist. However, the same mindset lead to her love of color-design, and she talks about how she pulled herself up to create the portfolio she needed. On a more serious topic, both Shannon and Ray have recently experienced being on projects that were suddenly dissolved, and we talk a bit about their experiences receiving such news and the events that followed. Be uplifted by Shannon's journey, as we explore the highs and lows of such a wonderful artist. Twitter: @Shneenon Instagram: @shneenon LinkedIn: Shannon Parayil Website: https://www.shannonparayil.com/ If you enjoy our podcast, please share it and rate us on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. We want to expand our platform and amplify these BIPOC voices! — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/straight-ahead-podcast/message

21 Straight Ahead w/ Li Cree: Morphinominal Story Artist!

Summary Superstar Li Cree joins us today on Straight Ahead! Currently working as a Storyboard Revisionist for Titmouse on Vox Machina, Li has no shortage of stories her career has already given her. From her experience being in the Nickelodeon artist program, to even being Elmo for a day at…More

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20 Straight Ahead w/ Ivy Rain Jordan: The Nuance of Being Human

Summary It’s our pleasure to have on the bubbly Ivy Rain Jordan: character designer, aquascaper, and human-watching gremlin. Her journey is as fluid as the waves she rides, from pursuing a story major to being a production assistant, to ultimately landing in character design. We ask about her experience being…More

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18 Straight Ahead w/ Katherine Nguyen: From Production to Story

Summary Katherine Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American storyboard artist, currently working at DTVA on Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. She talks about the different gigs she’s had from feature to television boarding, and the benefits of not only starting in a story revisionist role, but the benefits of being flexible between…More

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