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Hey, guys! In this episode, I am chatting with Nic Gregory, a Background Painter and VisDev Artist. From Australia, Nic decided to move to LA to work in the animation in mid-30s. He worked with Disney, Cartoon Network, and Rough Draft Studios.

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Key Takeaways

โ€œYou donโ€™t have to believe in yourself, just do it anyway. Stuff will get in your way, but just jump over it and do it!โ€

  • Nic is originally from Australia and after having a career as graphic designer, pro wrestler with his own action figure and hip-hop musician, he decided to make it in LA in animation when he was 35. He succeeded!
  • Nic says that things you love are usually the hardest things to do. You need to stop procrastinating just because something is not working right now. Keep at it and you will succeed!
  • Nic says he wishes he knew about the job positions in the animation industry. In his head, he thought that you can only be a character designer, or background designer or visdev designer, but for example, in Dreamworks, you can step into different roles.
  • Things he loved are the hardest thing to do – going into animation – stop procrastinating and just make it happen – the early 30s, full 5 years better in animation, trying to get to the US

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    • Designercon and Wondercon (less crowded San Diego ComicCon) in Anaheim, CA
    • CTN in Burbank, CA – recommended – all the animation people are there – each year he meets new people there

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All artworks by Nic Gregory, used with permission

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