137 - Purposefully choosing a career with Andrew Ford


Hello and welcome to the The Spark & The Art creativity podcast. Thank you for subscribing to our weekly podcast, where we alternate between interviews with creative folks from all different career levels and insight and inspiration episodes. All with the intention you’ll get what you need to get your creative projects started and, more importantly, finished.

I’m your host Tucker and this week is an interview with animator Andrew Ford. We talked to Andrew a couple years ago and you can hear that interview at TheSparkAndTheArt.com/23

 The theme of that one was Reach your goal and keep learning. Andrew’s goal was to work at Disney and now that he’s done it you can hear how his philosophy hasn’t changed. Even after getting to Disney he still want to just get better. 

We also talk about persistence in the face of ‘no’ and how the importance of team members to create consistency in a film.  

There were some technical issues that caused some garbled speech but they aren’t too crazy you can still get the gist. But we did have to reconnect at one point. 

So, here is today’s chat with Andrew Ford.

Do you know someone who is looking to get into animation? I’d hope that you’d share this episode with them. Who knows it may just be the thing that gets them inspired to get off their butt and do the work it takes to get to Disney. Then you’ll be the one they thank. You do want to be a hero don’t you 😉

The easiest way to share is to send the short url TheSparkAndTheArt.com/137 the most difficult way is to become and animator yourself and hide the url in the cloud of dust that appears when the baby lion lays down at the top of the mountain and hope that your friend sees the subliminal message. 

Get me on twitter @sparkartpodcast

Thanks for listening and remember: you won’t get the art without the work and you won’t do the work without the spark. 

- Links for this episode -

Andrew Ford - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/saskatchewan-animator-andrew-ford-disney-1.3936095

Glen Keane - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Keane

Milt Kahl - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milt_Kahl

Eric Goldberg - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Goldberg_(animator)

Mark Henn - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Henn

Randy Haycock - http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Randy_Haycock

John Musker - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Musker

Mari-Mac by Great Big Sea - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AT07v9V4-w

Patio Lanterns by Kim Mitchell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbSuEQXX2C0