I try to talk about The Mister in a roundabout way on this blog, mostly because this is MY space, not his. Unfortunately, he’s a main character in my life, so he’s still a HUGE part of my blog.
In real life, usually when meeting someone for the first time you always ask “what do you do?” Most people say something like accountant, police officer, office manager. Those are pretty self-explanatory jobs, you pretty much know EXACTLY what the job entails. Unfortunately, The Mister doesn’t have a simple job, he has what you might think is an exciting job, so ALWAYS after that initial question, is an explanation of what exactly he does. So, I thought I’d just throw it out there, and explain it to you.
What does he do?
The short answer is he’s a cartoon storyboard artist.
I’m sure you have more questions now, don’t you?
Slightly longer answer
The first step when an animation studio is going to make a cartoon is to receive the script. Once the script is received/made it goes to the storyboard artist, who interprets the scripts into scenes(or small pictures!) that shows the animators(the people who draw the actual scenes) what the characters are doing and how and all the other pertinent information they may need in order to draw the cartoon.
The next question usually is:
What’s it like to be a storyboard artist?
Long hours sitting, hunched over a drawing tablet. Working contract to contract, hoping that studios have enough work coming in to keep you with a job. It’s definitely not as glamourous as people would like to think it is.
What’s the animation industry like?
It’s a small close-knit community, where it seems like everyone knows everyone else. Or, at least you know someone who worked with that person, or went to school with them. It’s quite unique in that way, which always fascinates me.
What’s it like being married to a storyboard artist?
In one word, interesting. You never know what’s going to happen month from month or day-to-day. Questions such as, “Will he have a job in 6 months?” or “Will he walk in the door before I go to bed?” These are questions I ask myself on a regular basis.
Those are the negative questions I ask, but there are lots of positives to his job:
- He works with fun people.
- He gets invited to lots of fun art galleries and conferences.
- You always know someone at a party, thanks to the close-knit community.
What else would you like to know about The Mister? Let me know in the comments!