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Meet Rachel Buecheler of Cartoon Network in Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Buecheler.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Rachel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I went to school at Cal State Fullerton studying animation and entertainment arts. I graduated in 2016 and started my journey into TV animation. Television animation is notoriously competitive, after graduating with a degree in animation, I still wasn’t up to par to land a job.

So I took work where I could and continued my studies at the Concept Design Academy, I worked all sorts of jobs from retail employee to Christmas card editor, all the while working on my art portfolio and applying for TV jobs. Two years after graduation I got a chance at a job as a storyboard artist at Disney TV through a school friend and that is how I started in animation. Getting the job was just the beginning, I learned more on that first show then all my time in school and I’m learning more with every episode I work on.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Television animation is an industry of highs and lows. Before my first gig, I faced a lot of rejection applying for work and taking tests. It can be incredibly discouraging, however you just have to keep applying until something happens for you. Now that I’m working in animation those challenges haven’t let up, the job can be very demanding and difficult. However, the joy of creating something that people will enjoy makes it worth it.

Cartoon Network – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My profession as a storyboard artist is unique in animation, many artists make themselves a master of something like design or painting, however I feel like storyboard artists need to be generalists because the job involves so many different facets. At this point in my career, I’m not known for anything in particular, just being a kind person to work with who gets the work done on time and can draw pretty well. I’m just happy and proud to be a part of the teams that make the amazing cartoons I’ve worked on.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I personally define success as creating things that make you happy or proud. In my career, I feel successful when I’m enjoying my job and making people laugh. I would like to become a better writer and keep learning and growing as a storyteller and artist. As my career moves forward, I’d like to help people tell their stories and teach those coming into the profession. It’s my dream to one day be a director.

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