If you are a young artist interested in launching a career in the L.A. animation industry, you have to pick up a copy of Natalie Nourigat’s I Moved to LA to Work in Animation, a 70-page autobiographical comic that she just released on Gumroad.
This is not a standard recommendation – Nourigat’s book is absolutely essential for anyone considering an animation career in Los Angeles. It’s filled with hard-won real-life experience from the perspective of an artist who is at the beginning of their industry career.
Nourigat, who is currently a story artist on Wreck-It Ralph 2, offers a disclaimer at the front of the book: “This is just one person’s experience. It is all colored by my background, identity, and privilege.” She recommends seeking out advice from different people to get the bigger picture.