Some people have been asking me what I have been up to at late. Well, just after my storyboard and design gig at IDT ran out, I did a bit of work on some TV cartoons and private development projects, which I am still actively working on.
I also managed to pitch a couple of show ideas last summer which went absolutely nowhere, but I still believe in them, at least as one shot projects.
So is that it? Well, not exactly.
I've decided to start producing my own animated shorts on my down time. For the last several years, I have been actively pitching shows and feature ideas to anyone who would see them. Since my ideas resemble real cartoons and not sitcom-like versions of cartoons, I haven't sold a thing. Many kind folks at these pitch sessions have complimented my professionalism, patted me on the back on the way out the door and let me know that they'd be happy to see anything else I might develop down the road. Of course, that does little to put food on the table.
Believe me, I appreciate the opportunity to go in and pitch ideas. 99.9 percent of the people I have pitched to have been wonderful, but I can see that most are afraid to say yes to an idea.
I know that's the way the business operates but it's hard to put in that kind of time on something to please someone else, knowing full well that all your effort boils down to the words yes or no. Yes, it's an investment of your time and effort and sometimes it really pays off, but most of the time it's back to the old drawing board.
It really makes more sense to just produce the thing myself.
It'll be my idea, my investment, my cartoon and my property. It will reflect my tastes, my sense of humor and timing. And if someone is interested in buying it, they'll have to take it as is, just the way I present it.
Perhaps, I'll see some monetary return for my efforts.