Animation, Interview, Movies, Television

Episode 154 — A Composer’s Mindset with Kevin Manthei

Ali interviews TV, film and video game composer, Kevin Manthei. He shares about his musical influences, how he got his start composing for video games, his process for scoring an episode of TV, working as the series composer on Invader ZIM and stepping back into the world for Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, what went into creating “Peace Is Nice,” his thoughts on creative block, advice for aspiring composers, current projects and more!

Check out the following links for more of Kevin’s work:

Anime, Interview, Voice Acting, Writing

Episode 145 — Dubbing, Writing and Anime Love with Marin Miller

Ali interviews actor and writer, Marin Miller, whose credits include Athena, Alecto and Tisiphone in HADES and Enkidu in Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia. They share how they got their start in the industry, their thoughts on dubbing vs. voice recording for video games, the intricate process behind script adaptation, favorite anime and ships, advice for aspiring voice actors and more!

Be sure to follow Marin on Twitter.

Anime, Interview, Voice Acting

Episode 140 — About Acting and Self-Kindness with Chiara Zanni

Ali interviews actor, Chiara Zanni, whose credits include the title character in Hamtaro, Amy Ryan in About a Girl, Daring Do in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and many other voice-over and on-camera roles. Chiara shares how she began her career, different techniques for voice acting vs. on-camera acting, her thoughts on living in Vancouver and LA, the importance of self-kindness, advice for aspiring actors and more!

Be sure to follow Chiara on Twitter and Instagram.

Animation, Interview, Television

Episode 118 — Admiration of Animation with Sam Kays

Ali interviews artist, Sam Kays. She shares about her experience as a background designer on Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, her favorite Invader ZIM character and episode, working as a design lead at OddBot, her thoughts on live-action/CGI remakes of 2D animated projects and much more!

Be sure to follow Sam on Twitter and check out A ROSY GLOW.

Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 117 — The Structure of TV with Shauna McGarry

Ali interviews TV writer and producer, Shauna McGarry. She shares how she got her start in the industry, what it was like working on Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, details about the award-winning Tuca & Bertie episode she wrote, “The Jelly Lakes,” a deeper look into the two BoJack Horseman season 6 episodes she wrote, “The Face of Depression” and “Angela,” her advice for writers and much more!

Be sure to follow Shauna on Instagram.

Interview, Movies, Television, Writing

Episode 116 — Learning the Art and Craft of Screenwriting with Jacob Krueger

Ali interviews award-winning screenwriter, playwright, producer and director, as well as the founder of Jacob Krueger Studio, Jacob Krueger. Jake shares his journey into screenwriting and founding the studio, his thoughts on starting a project from character, plot or process, a deeper look into what’s behind writer’s block, the effect of negative and positive self-talk about your own writing, a different approach to the well-known concept of show, don’t tell and much more!

Visit writeyourscreenplay.com and check out the Write Your Screenplay Podcast.

Jacob Krueger
Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 111 — TV Writing with Alison Tafel

Ali interviews TV writer, Alison Tafel. She shares how she got her start in the industry, her first day in the BoJack Horseman writers’ room and insight into each of the episodes she wrote for the show: “Stupid Piece of Sh*t,” “INT. SUB,” “Feel-Good Story” and “The View From Halfway Down.” She also talks about her experience writing for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and she gives advice for writers trying to break into the industry as well as when you’re in the industry.

Be sure to follow Alison on Twitter and Instagram.

Alison Tafel

Animation, Interview, Television, Web Series, Writing

Episode 104 — All Things Animation with Aaron Long

Ali interviews animator and director, Aaron Long. He shares how he became a director on BoJack Horseman, memorable episodes and scenes he’s worked on for the show, his favorite contributions to Tuca & Bertie thus far, the inspiration for his indie cartoon series, Sublo and Tangy Mustard, favorite episodes and funny character names, as well as the character he relates to the most from his show. He also shares his thoughts on cartoon reboots, some of his all-time favorite cartoon characters and advice for young animators and creators.

Be sure to check out Aaron’s site, aaronlongcartoons.com, as well as his YouTube channel. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Sublo and Tangy Mustard
Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 89 — Network and Niche TV with Nick Adams

Ali interviews author and TV writer, Nick Adams, whose writing credits include New Girl, black•ish, People of Earth, Tuca & Bertie and BoJack Horseman. Nick shares what his process was for writing his book, Making Friends with Black People, what it’s like working in a TV writers’ room, favorite jokes he’s contributed, hitting a crucial story beat in one of the final episodes of BoJack he wrote, “Xerox of a Xerox,” plus his advice for aspiring TV writers.

Be sure to follow Nick on Twitter.

Nick Adams

Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 66 — The World of Writing with David Steven Cohen

Ali interviews Emmy award-winning writer, lyricist and composer, David Steven Cohen, whose credits include Pee-wee’s Playhouse, ALF, Arthur, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Balto and many other projects, including serving as the head writer of Courage the Cowardly Dog. David shares how he got his start, notable moments in his career, favorite episodes and songs he’s written, his experience as the executive producer of the Writers Guild Awards, advice for up and coming writers, what he’s currently working on and much more!

Check out David’s website, dstevencohen.com, and be sure to follow him on Twitter.

David Steven Cohen