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Your Career in Animation (2nd Edition)


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David B. Levy is the author of Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive, the essential career guide for animation artists working in North America. Levy is 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.


"I want to put this book into the hands of every single soul who feels drawn to the field, and every single fan with a desire to know more about the medium. The industry needs new voices. One of those new voices could be yours." -Loren Bouchard, creator of Bob's Burgers

"Behold! David Levy has distilled very hard earned wisdom in this book that shall be monumentally helpful and inspiring to all those starting their adventures in our beloved animation industry." -Jorge Gutierrez, creator of El Tigre, The Book of Life, Maya and The Three

"David Levy's wonderfully comprehensive book will help anyone with a passion for animation to navigate a long, rewarding career in this fascinating, ever-changing world!" -Brooke Keesling, head of animation talent development at Bento Box Entertainment LLC

"I picked up the first edition of Your Career in Animation when I was starting my career in animation. Animation isn't accounting or banking. There's no clear route or rules to starting a career, you just have to find your way, and with the knowledge in a book like this the path is a little bit more illuminated." -Mike Hollingsworth, supervising director, BoJack Horseman

"David Levy has blessed us with a comprehensive tome on careers at every level of animation, from the budding beginner to the dazzling demigod." -Minty Lewis, cocreator, The Great North

"It's a cartoon jungle out there, but David Levy's career manual is full of valuable advice and anecdotes for the industry-oriented, the independent, novice, student, or veteran animator." -John Canemaker, 2006 Academy Award Winner; Director of Animation,
NYU Tisch School of the Arts

"A long time ago I used my super powers to travel into the distant future and read David Levy's incredibly informative Your Career in Animation. And today, I have my own show, am married to five super models, and have an army of giant ninja robots at my command. Coincidence? I think not." -Mr. Warburton, creator of Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door

"David Levy has presented a fantastic road map through the animation industry, as well as a most engaging read." -Linda Simensky, PBS Kids

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