Sunday, December 8, 2013
When I’m Unemployed
An essay by Carol Wyatt
We prefer to say “underemployed” (Is that a word?)
I believe it’s use is to convince us that we are not homeless, heroine addicts, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Just like all areas of society, there is a heirarchy of unemployed artists.
Those who have been out of work for years tend to suffer the most, becoming angry and bitter,
therefore making it even more difficult to get work.
The middle tier consists of artists, actors, musicians, (name your entertainment profession), who have had shorter layoffs. 3 to 9 months.
The top tier consists of those who manage freelance jobs that provide a tiny income and keep the artist semi-confident in between full time work.
When I am unemployed (I use that word because I am a realist), I get to spend more time with
my kids and get our home life organized. It is wonderful for a couple of weeks, helping with
homerwork (oops, Freudian Simpsons slip), hearing the latest teenage gossip in the car, and
taking my kids on excursions. Free, of course.
And then,....the anxiety begins.
Money...Where will it come from?! My 6 year old says, “Just go to the money store Mom.”
I walk the malls, the small town of Montrose, watch crazy holiday shoppers and angry working parents rushing from place to place. Sales, sales everywhere, but not a dollar to spend. The artist in me loves the people watching. I could sketch all day. I am now up on the fashion trends and “What Does the Fox Say” videos. The new high heel, wedge, spiked, with mesh detailed shoes are to die for. They are definitely more confused than I. They make me feel slightly superior, if a shoe can do that.
The joy of spending time with the kids is always overshadowed by the uncertain anxiety of my future. But, kids remind me to keep it simple. Their needs are immediate and important. Always a good distraction.
And then, the competitive artist begins playing tricks on my mind. I’m not drawing enough. I’m
not producing enough new work. I need to make a new website, fix my blog, have 20 coffees and
50 lunches with work associates. I suck, and I’m a complete fraud, so I’m told, by my wonderfully positive, creative brain. Maybe I could start a new business crafting... I can learn how to knit, and quilt, and use a flame torch on metals.
I can do it!
That’s what I say to myself.
That is usually when I receive an email or call from a friend telling me how much they love my
work. They ask if I’m still painting awesome paintings and working on fun shows. And I’m back
to stomping the pavement. Calling people I’ve never met, taking tests, for studios I’ve art directed
for. “Dance monkey, dance!” A co worker jokingly said to me at the end of our last job. We joke
about it, but it’s true. We always have to jump through newer, more difficult hoops.
But honestly, this is the best job in the world. Telling stories drawing and painting every day with
the most talented people in the world. There is nothing else like it and I’m lucky to be included.
And I promise to stop beginning sentences with “and” and “but”.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
3 New Paintings at Eleu Salon
All under $100
1725 Burbank Blvd. Burbank, Ca. (818) 795-5945
|Chit Chat - Gouache -All rights Carol Wyatt|
|Tree of Me - Gouache - All rights Carol Wyatt|
|Cleanliness/Godliness - Gouache - All rights Carol Wyatt|
Couch Art promos
Over the years I've sent out more than a few promo cards.
I think this was one of my favorites. With a sarcastic nod to bad screen writing....
|Gouache - All rights Carol Wyatt|
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Group show featuring artists in the animation industry
This Saturday night in Burbank, CA
Nothing over $100, Start your holiday shopping early!!
Sneak peek of two paintings I have in the show Saturday.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Carol Wyatt Illustration Receives 2013 Best of Glendale Award
U.S. Commerce Association's Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
NEW YORK, NY, August 7, 2013 -- For the fifth consecutive year, Carol Wyatt Illustration has been selected for the 2013 Best of Glendale Award in the Commercial Design & Illustration category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Nationwide, only 1 in 1000 (less than one-tenth of 1%) 2013 Award recipients qualified as Five-Time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association
Friday, July 26, 2013
Regional retro McDonalds commercial for soft serve ice cream
for Green Grass Studios.
Animation by T. Dan, Rick Farmiloe, Todd Jacobsen, and Eric Walls
Art Direction by Carol Wyatt
More Color Roughs
All rights McDonalds
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
State of the Industry Panel
San Diego Comic Con 2013
GREAT panel with an amazing assortment of animation professionals giving opinions on the direction of the current industry and how to get into the biz. I think we had all generations covered!
Panelists: Erick Oh animator from PIXAR, Joan Collins CG Producer,
Rick Farmiloe traditional feature animator, Carol Wyatt TV animation designer,
Tom Sito moderator and USC professor, Zeb Wells writer/director on Robot Chicken,
and Jamie Kezlarian Bolio independent film promoter.
Erick Oh. Joan Collins, Rick Farmiloe, Carol Wyatt, Tom Sito, Zeb Wells, Jamie Kazlarian Bolio
Carol Wyatt and Jamie Kezlarian Bolio
Carol Wyatt, Jamie Kezlarian Bolio and Zeb Wells
Erick Oh, Joan Collins, Rick Farmiloe, Carol Wyatt, Tom Sito, Zeb Wells, Jamie Kezlarian Bolio
Joan Collins, Rick Farmiloe (speaking), Carol Wyatt, Jamie Kezlarian Bolio
Monday, April 22, 2013
Teeny Tiny Dogs
created by Howard Baker with Lisa Henson!