Presented by: The Creators Society
Event Planner: Eric M. Miller
Join “Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive“ (second edition) author David B. Levy and moderator Aydrea Walden for a lively discussion surveying five key career lessons in Levy’s new book. Bring your questions and type them during the event in the chat window. Anyone in attendance will be entered in a raffle to win one of three signed copies of the book.
Whether you want to break into the animation industry or “toon up” to a better career, this comprehensive guide will show you how. A leading animation professional surveys the field and shares the advice of more than one hundred and fifty top talents in the business of making toons— including Brooke Keesling, head of animation talent development at Bento Box, Mike Hollingsworth, supervising director of BoJack Horseman; Andrea Fernandez, art director on The Cuphead Show! PES, Oscar-nominated stop-motion director of Fresh Guacamole; Linda Simensky, head of content for PBS Kids; Minty Lewis, co-creator of The Great North; Ross Bollinger, YouTube sensation with his Pencilmation channel, and executives from Nickelodeon, Disney TVA, Titmouse, Inc., Frederator, PBS Kids, Netflix, 9 Story Media Group, Cartoon Network; and dozens of others.
Topics in this virtual interactive discussion will include:
Director of Animation, Disney +
David B. Levy is a proud member of The Creators Society, and the director of animation at Disney+, where he leads a team producing and developing original short-form content for social media, including several series for Lucasfilm. Levy has directed and supervised series and pilots for Nickelodeon (Blue’s Clues), Cartoon Network (Assy McGee), Sesame Workshop (Word on the Street), Fox Broadcasting Company (Bob's Burgers). Levy has also been engaged as a writer/creator on development projects for Disney Jr, DreamWorks, Warner Bros. Animation, and Silvergate Media/Sony Pictures Television. As an independent filmmaker, Levy is the director of the popular children’s film Good Morning, and a pair of short animated documentaries Grandpa Looked Like William Powell and Turning a Corner which premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. Levy has lectured and taught at Parsons, SVA, NYU, RISD, and Pratt, and was president of the New York chapter of ASIFA (Association International du Film d' Animation). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
A former newspaper reporter, Aydrea Walden is currently a Writer for Disney Jr., and has also written on animated shows for Nickelodeon, Disney, Amazon, and Mattel. While working with Mattel, she wrote the viral short “Barbie and Nikki Discuss Racism." Before moving to Disney Jr., Aydrea worked as a Development Executive for Peacock Kids, was the host of the 2020 Nebula Awards, created and starred in the Webby-nominated series Black Girl in a Big Dress, and was a featured performer on The Moth Radio Hour. She also has extensive experience working in animation production management, starting in 2D television animation at Nickelodeon and Disney, and then moving into CG features at Dreamworks Animation where she worked on Croods, Home, Trolls, and How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.