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I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation

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The story of one woman’s quest to move to Los Angeles and got a job in animation...and how you can too. 

When artist Tally Nourigat left her life in Portland to move to Los Angeles and pursue a job in animation, she realized that despite her research, nothing truly prepared her for the wild world that awaited in the studios of Southern California. From grinding
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by BOOM! Box (first published December 2018)
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Juli
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have several friends who dream of getting a break and finding a dream job in films or animation. Either field is a daunting and often completely intimidating prospect....most never get a call-back or an interview. When I got offered a review copy of Natalie Nourigat's graphic novel about her start in animation, I jumped on the chance to read it. I was so curious about how animation careers work and how people get started.

Natalie illustrates and tells her story with humor and honesty. She talk
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Rod Brown
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice little information dump about how one might break into the animation industry. The first part is a bit text heavy but Nourigat keeps things moving along. The last little section of the book where other animators offer "Alternative P.O.V.s" is super text heavy, dull, seemingly endless and nearly derailed the whole thing for me. I would have preferred to see the info, the people and their advice integrated more lightly into the main body of the work.
Ross Blocher
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Natalie Nourigat's I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation is an honest, smart, insightful, helpful and appealingly illustrated look at what it's like to get a job in animation as a story artist. Natalie shares her own journey, along with those of friends who've made it, with all the pros and cons to expect professionally and personally. You'll learn tips on how to improve your drawing skills, what to put in your portfolio, how to meet people, ways to save money, where to study, the difference betwee ...more
Ashley
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I have no desire to move to Los Angeles or work in animation, but this book is about so much more and can be applied to so many different career choices. The 5 biggest takeaways that honestly warmed my heart. 1. Be Kind, But Know Your Worth 2. Seek Out Community 3. Everyone's Path Is Different 4. Notice The World Around You 5. Always Be Learning
Hallie
This is an interesting and informative graphic novel even if you're not interested in working in the animation field. Natalie has covered so much information within the scope of her book and this is a very helpful tool for anyone trying to figure out how to even begin to find work in the field. It has very practical and specific advice for frequently asked questions while also including general information about what it's like to relocate or start over somewhere new.
laura (bookies & cookies)
More of a how-to and informational guide to artists, illustrators, and animators wanting an inside look at the industry, but it didn't do too much for me as an outsider looking in. I did follow a few of the artists mentioned in this book and have a list of touristy spots to visit next time I'm in LA (which will be never, if I can help it), but nothing really jumped out at me.
Hannah Garden
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, april-2019
Aahh this little book!!! It is so SWEET! I didn’t know what it was gonna be like at all, coz going in, based on the title and the kinda like ultraclean digitalish infographic style and superblunt title I totally thought this was going to feel like it was exploitatively riding the comics wave for just the sake of selling books or whatever, but ACTUALLY it is just this incredibly genuine joyous and earnest little helper of a book and I was completely glued to it from soup to nuts. Really fascinati ...more
Theresa
I expected a memoir, but this was actually a graphic novel how-to guide about careers in animation in Los Angeles. This is good for teens/adults interested in animation as a field because there is tons of advice from the author and her peers. She works in film animation, but has friends in TV animation. The book may have a short shelf life depending on changes in the industry. An interesting guide book to LA and art life.
Tiffany Ferguson
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Picked this up at a comic book store today - it’s my first ever comic read! But I did not realize it is specifically, entirely about being a storyboarder... lmfao now I have lots of info about a job that I will never do but it sounds fun and union pay is AMAZING
orangerful
Stopped this one about half way through because I don't actually plan to move to L.A. to work in animation and she was getting very specific.
Karina
Rating: 4 Stars: ★★★★
I Moved To Los Angeles To Work In Animation is an autobiographical graphic novel that follows Natalie Nourigat who started in animation as a freelance comic artist in Portland. But with dreams of breaking into the animation industry as her hometown was becoming more expensive, she gets an opportunity to move to LA when a friend offers to host her stay.

From there, she chronicles her journey into finding a job in the animation industry. Its very technical and
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Monique
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Acutal Rating: 2.5 stars

This may be a case of reader - book mismatch but this was a huge let down. While I have no desire to work in animation the synopsis describes this as part humorous autobiography and part how to guide. While the artwork was cute and the first 25% of the graphic novel was humorous, I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation is mostly a how to guide. The how to guide portion is not funny, in fact it is quite boring. So boring that I fell asleep in the middle of the day reading i
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Dakota Morgan
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
As the proud owner of a degree in screenwriting, one thing I can definitively state is that never in my college career was I taught how to actually get a job as a screen writer. I wrote maybe a dozen screenplays (some quite good!) that now sit in a folder on my computer because I never knew what to do with them.

Not to say I couldn't have figured it out on my own if I was dedicated to being a screenwriter (I wasn't). But it's nice to see Natalie Nourigat offering fellow artists a prim
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Paul
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found the artwork to be fun and very witty. Her voice is one of honesty and transparency, and very attuned to her audience. A conversational tone is important in this type of work and I feel as if she is speaking directly to the reader throughout the book. It’s also imperative that many times Nourigat cuts through the BS in regards to money and time. Two vital factors in anyone’s life. As I said, Los Angeles is expensive, and it can take a long time applying and finishing the required story te ...more
Bailey
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this up expecting something more narrative, but the extremely businesslike title says it all: this woman moved to Los Angeles to work in animation, and she's here to tell you about it! It's a direct look into the pros, cons, and logistics of trying to work as an animator, which I nonetheless found interesting (especially as someone who used to live in a different big city that had its own difficulties in survival). Would obviously recommend this to someone who was pondering moving to LA ...more
Maija
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun and informational! More of a how-to book than a memoir, which I would've known if I had read the back cover. If you're actually planning to move to L.A. to work in animation, add a star or two. I went to art school and the topic of the animation industry in L.A. is interesting to me, just not relevant as a how-to book for me.

The book is very text-heavy, which I didn't mind, except for the interviews at the back. They had so much text and so few images that I feel they would've ac
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Nicole
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was super informative but still interesting to read if you’re not planning to go into animation. Also loved the TAG shoutouts! 😍 One star off for the LA public transit digs, I and plenty of people in LA take public transit and it’s honestly way better than driving, just depends what part of town you live in, but it’s 100% possible.
ReadWithE
Thought it would be more of a memoir but it's actually a guide?
vanessa
This was really cute and informative. I kind of wish it was more personal; the majority is FAQ about working in animation studios. But the coloring and drawing style was my jam.
Adriana
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
From what I've heard from friends and acquaintances that work in the industry, this is a very accurate view of working in animation and living in LA.
The art is cute and the story flows nicely.
Chloe
Jul 04, 2019 added it
Shelves: comics, 2019
This was okay. To be honest, I am not the targeted audience for this.
Kathleen
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exactly as advertised! I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to work in animation, but isn't sure of how or where to start, or what to expect.
Jamila
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was amazing, so informative and so well done and funny! great illustrations an flow! brilliant, filled with tips, def a book I'll come back to often
Romany
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think there’s some advice in here that would work for many careers! I wish I could have read something like this for a whole bunch of different jobs while in school. It was an instant deep-dive into animation.
Lemon Ginger
Books like this are the reason I have faith in humanity!

I love that between all her other work, Natalie Nourigat decided to make this specific comic, to share her knowledge and experience to encourage other artists and give them the resources she was looking for.

It was short but full of tips on how to look for work, build your portfolio, and keep going despite the rejections. She encourages you but gives you perspective at the same time. There are disadvantages to working
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Katherine Moore
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an autobiographical how-to graphic novel of how Natalie ‘Tally’ Nourigat made her move to LA from Portland to work in animation as a storyboard artist.
We find out from her clever storyboards, and her neatly printed text (both in superb detail), how she started out working as a comic book artist back in Portland with dreams of working down in Los Angeles, CA, and how she managed to make that daunting move and get her foot in the door.
Not only does she tell her own tale of ‘how she did i
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Brenda
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super cute illustrations take you through artist Natalie Nourigat's journey from her life in Oregon to LA in pursuit of a career in animation.

Lots of practical advice flows through these text-heavy panels, but the flow of the information never seems to get bogged down, making this a fast, satisfying read.

Great for anyone interested in animation, but also anyone thinking of breaking into storyboarding or art in general.
Lauren
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Fun fact about me: when I was a kid, I desperately wanted to work for Walt Disney feature animation. It was the second golden age, and visiting the studio in Orlando and seeing people at their desks making the magic happen is an extremely vivid memory of my childhood.

The studio has since closed (and is currently used as a Star Wars meet n greet), and I decided I was destined for other things. But this was such an interesting, engaging, graphic novel. It’s never going to be my life, b
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Denver Public Library
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While aimed at people looking to learn about animation, I think this book is of interest to all artists looking to improve the business side of their practice. Nourigat is honest about how rejection is part of the process and (though it's hard) it isn't necessarily a reflection on your work. I especially liked the reminder that defensiveness is usually a sign of feeling inferior and that the people who are on top of their game are able to be giving to the next generation because they know that h ...more
Amanda
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful read! As a person seeking employment I thought this was nice introduction to what it was like to job hunt, move out of state to California, and learning to adjust and make new friends. Although I am not aiming to go into animation, I am in a creative field and am considering moving to California for work. The jobs I like at least for now are in California. So, I think I like this book because it came to me at a perfect time where I am in that limbo of finding a job and then ...more
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Natalie “Tally” Nourigat is a writer and cartoonist from Portland, Oregon. She is a story artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank CA, storyboarding and participating in story rooms for feature films.

Natalie's comics work has been nominated for the Eisner Award, GLAAD Media Award, and Oregon Book Award. You can find her around Los Angeles with a sketchbook in one hand and cof
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