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CTN Artist Spotlight

What is your name and the name of your company?
Stephen Silver and my company is Silver Art Academy.

How do you measure success?
I measure success by the enjoyment and happiness in whatever activity I am involved in. Am I fulfilled, am I enjoying this, whatever this may be. That is success.

What’s one mistake you made early on?
One mistake I made early on was not knowing enough about the business of art. Not understanding how to negotiate and just accept what was being told to me.

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CTN Artist Spotlight

What is your name and the name of your company?
Tyler Carter and my company is Ty Carter Art.

How do you measure success?
Emotional reactions

What’s one mistake you made early on?
When I began pursuing art as a career, I made a common mistake that we make as artists. I was afraid to fail. I was letting my own insecurities influence my creativity and it held me back. Eventually, I realized failure was a critical part of art. We can’t discover our own style or feel by keeping our work under wraps. We need to put ourselves out there. That’s when real discovery begins.

What’s the toughest part of being in charge?
The toughest part of being in charge is when it’s good, it’s REALLY good and when it’s bad, it’s REALLY bad!

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Creating a Rockstar Portfolio 

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 Led by Feature Film Development Artist and Instructor Dominick Domingo

‘Creating a Rockstar Portfolio’ is a workshop originally held at the CTN eXpo in 2013 and is back by popular demand. This 1-day  workshop is designed to help artists showcase their work according to their own artistic voice, technical strengths and specific career goals. In addition to reviewing portfolios for Disney Feature in a variety of contexts, thereby viewing a cross-section of portfolios from art schools the world over, Dominick co-taught the Portfolio class in Art Center’s Entertainment Track for six years, helping to craft the portfolios that landed today’s ‘Rock Stars’ at many of the major studios. Drawing on this experience, Dominick will lecture on the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of designing an effective portfolio, and critique the portfolios of several volunteers in a group setting.

1-day Workshop
March 29th

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The 5 Keystones to Great Screenwriting    

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Led by Feature Film Animation Writer Rob Edwards 
As a follow up to the standing room only “Writing for Animation” workshop at the CTN Expo in November 2013, award-winning writer Rob Edwards (Disney’s Academy Award nominated THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and TREASURE PLANET) will be taking this class through the next steps to building dynamic and entertaining screenplays that will stand toe to toe with the pros.
Student and professional discounts available.
Call office at (818) 259-1598 for details.

March 8 and 9
2-day Workshop
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You Working for You! 


What is your name and the name of your company? Cameron Scott Davis  and my company is Idea Boy.

How do you measure success?    Accomplishing goals, learning, and having fun doing what I love to do.

What’s one mistake you made early on?   Underestimating how long (pretty much everything) takes in reality. Also trying to do everything myself. I guess that’s two mistakes.

What’s the toughest part of being in charge?    Scheduling and delegating. (my mistakes) When I’m working for me, I want to stop and pursue every idea that comes to mind. I have learned to stay focussed on finishing first things first (getting the hard things out of the way) before I follow tangents. I’ve done everything myself sto force myself to learn those things and prove to myself that I can do it.
What is your best motivator?    Knowing that someday I will die. There’s too much I want to do on this planet in this form. Let’s GO!

What’s your proudest accomplishment in your business?    Having the guts to quit my day job and put a promising career on hold to pursue my dreams. I guess that’s not an accomplishment, but I believe it will be soon.

What have you sacrificed?    “Pretty much everything. Two dream jobs, a steady paycheck, healthcare, a beautiful girlfriend, my entire life savings…  but at 23 I’d accomplished all the goals I set out to conquer. I was hanging out with rock stars and getting paid (handsomely) designing all the characters for the Guitar Hero video game franchise.  Since I was a child I’ve had a dream of creating the next Star Wars/Harry Potter, and I figured, why not me? I’ve been given the opportunity to break off and work harder than anyone else on my own story and I took it. I’m still taking it.

What have you learned?    That story has forced me to learn all I can about design and storytelling. Now that I’m wrapping up book 1 in my series, I’m having to learn about the business, printing, and promotional ends of getting my art out there. I resisted learning all that as to avoid it influencing the purity of my dream project.

What’s next?    After book 1 is out, it will be a great template for what my vision is. I’m hoping to get other people involved and eventually take it to other media outside of books.

Thank you Cameron Scott Davis for taking time to share your insights into the idea of “you working for you”.

Cameron Scott Davis

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Happy New Year – Day 01

I don’t know about you but I’m already getting very excited about the challenges ahead in 2014. From the beginning CTN has focused on independent creators and creator owned companies from the animation, illustration, video game, VFX and film industries. I’m happy to say that in 2014 CTN will not be deviating from their mission and would like to report to you on an exciting shift in the independent creator landscape that is good news for us all.

The once so called “being small” weakness that surround independents is now being realized as their biggest strength.  This is certainly not news for those under dogs, misfits and crazy ones, as Steve Jobs refers to us, who are dedicated fans of the “against all odds” successes.

QUOTE: “And recent comics have truly spotlighted Superman’s role as the people’s hero: Following a neophyte Man of Steel still learning his powers’ limits, Superman fights the evil corporate tycoons and corrupt one-percenters that have overwhelmed the establishment. ….” ~DC Comics ……read more


After hosting smaller events for about 60-300 people, CTN took the leap to host the CTN animation eXpo in a 15,000 square foot facility and opened our doors to 2800. I learned that “The size doesn’t matter. That if you’re cooking a chicken or a turkey, the process is the same, one is just bigger!”

Same is true of companies. Creator owned companies like “Conduct Happiness”  “Extra Cirricular Activities“, “The Astonish Factory“,   “CGMA”, “Tea Girls” and many others who  are surveying the same field, summoning the same courage and changing the landscape for everyone just as the creators of Facebook, Google and Snapchat do.

If you are interested in having your company listed  Click Here.

QUOTE:  “The act of staying small combined with facing overwhelming odds and solving problems with skill and experience can produce great results.” says journalist   Malcolm Gladwell and that, of course, is what entrepreneurs do best.  I find what Malcom Gladwell presents in his writings to be very exciting for small business and entrepreneurs. To listen to more inspiration from Malcom Gladwell  Click Here

One of the more challenging aspects I’ve noticed about being small is getting any press.  Don’t wait for a publication to interview you about your business, interview yourself.  Make your own buzz!

Here are my questions and answers that I asked myself and then and at the end I challenge you to do the same. Be your own buzz!!

  • Who are you?
    Tina Price
  • What is the name of your company?
    The Creative Talent Network
  • How do you measure success?
    By the number of lives I’ve positively impacted.
  • What’s one mistake you made early on?
    Thinking other people knew how to do this.
  • What’s the toughest part of being in charge?
    That you have to make all the hard decisions even when you don’t know the answers and then be responsible for the results.
  • What is your best motivator?
    Feedback. Both positive and negative and information.
  • What’s your proudest accomplishment in your business?
    The result of having built a trusted and recognizable brand. “CTN”
  • What have you sacrificed?
    Nothing and everything, but I would of sacrificed everything if I didn’t try.
  • What have you learned?
    Operate with integrity, quality over quantity, put together a great team, work from home when you can and do what you love.
  • What’s next?
    Because I love doing what I’m doing I’ll continue to work every day until I can’t.
  • NOW: Interview yourself by answering these questions or create your own questions. Click Here.
    Interviews will be published in the CTN Newsletter.

IN THE NEWS: I read an interesting article about Detroit over the holiday and got very excited about the idea of reshaping the way one can look at change. Instead of a dying city the article describes how it has become a blank canvas for tomorrow. That by building a new relationship with the problems in Detroit we get to be a part of a future Smart Town USA. It made me think that if you can achieve this kind of “smart” renewal with such a problem as Detroit there might be fresh options for some of the problems we are facing in our own community and industry.

  • SILICON GARAGE: DETROIT’S TECH HUB. After a turbulent decade, Motor City declared itself bankrupt – but an influx of entrepreneurs will get its economic engine revving again. By Cameron Walker. “….Detroit, Michigan, will come back swinging in 2014…. TechTown …. spark new ventures and ideas, opportunities for people …. “collaboration cubes” ……  business startups that commit to keeping their businesses in Detroit will be given $25,000 in seed money and 3 months of full-time mentoring …… the biggest thing that’s happening here (in Detroit) is one thousand little things.”
    You can download and read the entire article from “The Wired World in 2014″

We have leaders and entrepreneurs shaping the business landscape in our own industry.

The conversation includes these Chief Artist Officers:

Here’s to the best year of our lives in 2014!!
Tina Price
Founder CTN

Please leave a comment and tell us what inspires your business.

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CTN is proud to present Ted Thomas in an interview and screening of “Growing up With Nine Old Men”.

For those who don’t know, Disney’s Nine Old Men were the original group of core animators who worked for Walt Disney.  Filmmaker Ted Thomas, son of legendary animator Frank Thomas and one of “the nine old men”, has often been asked what it was like growing up with one of Walt Disney’s core group of artists.  In his documentary “GROWING UP WITH NINE OLD MEN”, Ted hits the road to put that same question to the other children of the team that created a new art form and put a lasting stamp on popular culture.  If you’ve seen the films Frank and Ollie and/or Walt and El Grupo, then you’ve seen the wonderful work of Frank Thomas’ son, Theodore (Ted) Thomas. 

Join #CTNers  on Saturday morning Nov 16th at 10:45am at #CTNexpo 2013  for this wonderful and charming account of the lives behind the scenes of the nine old men.

DVDs will be available at the CTN store on site at the event to purchase and and have signed by Ted Thomas.

This session is included with CTN LIVE, VIP 1-day and 3-day expo passport ticket.
To buy tickets to the event  click here.

For more information about Ted Thomas


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      CTN 2013 is happy to be celebrating its 5th Anniversary with all the  incredible talent we love putting center stage!!!This year we are looking to the future and the talent that we have among the #CTNers. It is because of you all that this expo has been a huge success for the past 5 years.

      We want to hear from you CTNers how many years have you been at the CTNexpo? Whats your favorite memory here at CTN? We want to know!  Share it with us there at social media booth at the show or  using #ILoveCTN ! We look forward to sharing all the exciting things we have lined up for you guys this year!

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CTN artists share their talent at the Wacom booth #119 during Siggraph

CTN is in the house with WACOM at SIGGRAPH this July 23rd – July 25th at the  Anaheim Convention Center. At booth #119 several Creative Talent Network artists will be showcasing their talent and abilities and how they create for feature films and independent personal projects using a Wacom Cintiq. Each demonstration is one hour and is a great opportunity to meet the talent and see first hand their skill at using a Wacom Cintiq Tablet.

Presentation schedule of artists are:

Tuesday, July 23

  • 10AM – Craig ElliottAfter receiving his training at the Art Center College of Design, Craig began his career in the entertainment industry as a layout and visual development artist.  Today, Craig’s work can be found at virtually all of the major studios and his personal work has developed quite the international fan base.
  • 1PM – Erik MartinWith clients that include Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Interactive, Jim Henson, Nickelodeon and others, Erik is a talented and enthusiastic artist.  When not working digitally, he enjoys painting landscapes with traditional media.
  • 3PM – Craig Elliott - Encore performance.  See above.

Wednesday, July 24

  • 10AM – Brian Kesinger - An Annie award winning artist for Walt Disney Studios and the creator of the popular characters, Otto and Victoria, Brian’s 16 years at Disney has spanned both hand drawn and CG animated films from Tarzan to Wreck-it Ralph.  His debut book, “Walking Your Octopus,” showcases his style, wit and ability to tell engaging stories.
  • 1PM - Armand Baltazar - A senior designer with Pixar Animation Studios, Aramand’s credits include work on Cars 2, Brave and other films.  He exhibits his fine art in and around Los Angeles and San Francisco and enjoys speaking and teaching at universities around the country.
  • 3PM – Armand BaltazarEncore performance.  See above.

Thursday, July 25

  • 10AM – Brett Bean - As a freelance character designer for clients that include Disney TV, Nerd Corps, Wizards of the Coast and Disney Interactive, Brett brings 10 years of design experience to the table.  Bretts recently funded  graphic novel, “Spaced Out – The Story of Fil & Mantis will be coming out later this year.
  • 1PM - Armand SerranoCelebrating more than two decades in the animation industry, Armand currently hangs his hat at Walt Disney Animation Studios.  His film credits include Hotel Transylvania, Lilo and Stitch, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Mulan and many more.
  • 2:30PM – Jason ScheierA visual development artist for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Jason has had the opportunity to use his artistic talents in the creation of several films including Kung Fu Panda, Megamind, Turbo, the Croods and Rise of the Guardians.

So please be sure to stop by Booth #119 to meet the talent, see demos and check out the latest tablet technology. Be sure and tell them CTN sent you so you can be entered into a raffle to win a pass to this years CTN animation eXpo held in Burbank CA on November 15-17, 2013!

For information on artists and scheduling contact Kathy at 818-259-1598 or Kathy@creativetalentnetwork.com

For information on locating the Wacom booth or seeing the presentations at SIGGRPAH contact Kelly at 818-404-2931 or Kelly@creativetalentnetwork.com

About the Creative Talent Network

The Creative Talent Network (CTN) is an online community of leading animation professionals whose contributions to the industry can be seen in some of the highest grossing films in the history of animation.  Each year, CTN hosts the “CTN animation eXpo” where members thrill audiences by sharing their amazing artistic talents.  Consult www.ctnanimationexpo.com to discover more about the event, held at the Burbank Convention Center, November 15 – 17, 2013.

About Wacom

Founded in 1983, Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices, particularly its Cintiq family of pen displays, provide professional animators, designers and artists with the ability to explore digital content creation in a comfortable and natural way.

Another great event for the Creative Talent Network!

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Tell us a little about who your are and how you got here.

I am well recognized for my work as a supervising character animator on many of the Disney classic films. My career spans almost three decades and I have designed characters and animated on thirteen feature films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and The Lion King.

Long ago, I was a frustrated young engineer, in Pennsylvania, who was inspired by Disney classic films. I wrote a letter to Walt Disney Feature Animation, and they told me learn my animation skills at CalArts. So I put together a portfolio and the rest is history…….straight from school to the belly of the beast……Disney.

When did you begin creating and working in this industry?

While going to school, I animated on Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories “Family Dog”. Directly after school I animated on my first feature, Oliver and Company.

What job title best describes what you do?

I’ve been a hand-drawn Animator for many years. But now my career path is moving toward pre-production and story. Storyboard Artist is how I might now describe myself. I’ve boarded, directed, character designed, wrote scripts, drawn layouts, and even wrote music for and animated short. Maybe the best title would be Animation Professional.

What city and country are you living in?

I live in Acton, CA on a small ranch that houses my wife, dogs, cats, horses, chickens and the rest of my zoo. Did I mention I like animals?

Who do you feel has inspired you the most?

Marc Davis, Hal Ambro, Glen Keane, Mike Gabriel, and many others – all animator/artists that bring life to whatever they touch. Read more

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