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Meet Megan Fisher

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Fisher.

Megan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in a small town in rural Connecticut, neighboring just as many cows as people. Because there wasn’t a whole lot to do in town, I gravitated towards watching way too many cartoons and reading volumes and volumes of manga. Some of my favorites included – Disney movies, Sailor Moon VHS’s and every episode of Spongebob I could get my hands on (Sorry Mom and Dad).

My love of storytelling through art and animation carried on with me as I attended Ringling College of Art and Design, receiving my BFA in Illustration. However, illustration falls under such a large umbrella I was unsure of where I would fit in the art world – Games? Movies? Children’s books?

My questioning came to an end when I received my internship at Disney TV Animation, and I realized day one that I was exactly where I wanted to be. I could make a living creating the same cartoons that had inspired and brought me joy as a kid! Out of my internship, I was given my first opportunity as storyboard artist and having only done one storyboard in college, I had never even entertained the idea that that was something I could pursue. Now, nearly five years as a story artist later, I can’t see myself doing anything else. Storyboarding is the perfect mix of everything I want out of art – I get the chance to work alongside wonderful and talented people every day, with the common goal of bringing joy to people and making them laugh.

Has it been a smooth road?
We’ve all heard that cheesy phrase – “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”. I love that I get to draw and make cartoons everyday, and some days it definitely don’t feel like work! However, with any job there are day to day struggles. A big struggle I face is the aspect of burnout. Because drawing is something I do for fun, and work, it can be difficult to stay constantly inspired and motivated. Things that help can be anything from going on hikes to reading comics/cartoons like the ones that influenced me growing up. I never realized how important having hobbies outside of drawing were until I started doing it every day for work.

What else should our readers know?
A dream I have is to travel much more! I hope one day to get the chance to explore living in countries like Japan and New Zealand. I would love to be able to find inspiration in the different landscapes and cultures. I have also entertained the idea of pitching a TV show, or maybe making my own graphic novel!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I live in quiet Burbank, Los Angeles. To me, the most special thing about living in Los Angeles is the animation community. Nowhere else in the world can you find a group of people so passionate about television and movies in one place. The resources are overflowing with gallery shows and massive conventions happening so often. I have made so many of the best friends in this community, and it has really changed my life. Not to mention the variety of ice cream and food here is incomparable to anywhere I’ve ever lived!

On the other side of the coin would be the haul of a commute around LA. Because I grew up in such a small town (where we had to drive 40 minutes to Target), I love the idea that I have access to so much. (There are so many malls here!) But, the thing I dislike about LA would have to be traffic. I hope one day LA will have better public transportation!

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Personal Photo by Bryan Bae

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