Cath has 20 years experience working with some of the most respected businesses in the entertainment industry including the BBC and Warner Bros.
At 17, I did some work experience at TVC (the people who made The Snowman). Everyone was sitting round painting cels and eating biscuits and I thought "this is the life for me".
I am working on a CBBC preschool show called School of Roars, (by Dot to Dot Productions) about 5 little monsters who go to school. It has some great voices: Kathy Burke, Andrew Scott and Sarah Lancashire. Its very funny and sweet, the director's wife is a teacher, so I think she is giving him lots of ideas!
I like working for funny shows, my favourite job was called 2DTV (made by Triffic Films). It was Saturday night ITV comedy sketch show featuring all manner of people from public life at the time, Blair, Bush, Saddam Hussein, the Beckhams, and of course the Royal Family. The voices were done by Jon Culshaw and Jan Ravens (who now do Radio 4's Dead Ringers). The caricaturist was ex-Spitting Image and he was a modest genius. It was fast and furious and great fun to do.
I was using Celaction ( a bespoke 2D program which is quite widely used). We also used Flash and Illustrator to make up loads of characters every week. This was sometimes just sticking a new head on an already made body. The animation was quite a fast turnaround and was sometimes a bit basic. But the voices, caricatures and the jokes really lifted it up.
At that time I was one of the original team who used Celaction (I started with Astley Baker who now do Peppa Pig) .We just used to go from job to job as a team. My friends got hired so I guess they recommended me. But actually it comes down to the showreel, and your ability to work with others. I'm still working with some of these people now. You can't really fake it in animation, if you're not suited to the job, you don't get hired again.
Look at their showreel; see if they are best suited to your format (eg feature vs series vs web etc); find out if they can meet deadlines!
I like to make jewellery and muck about with my kids.
I was working from home, and sometimes upstairs all day in the Jubilee library.
I would say be a bit social (which I took a while to do).
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