Your Career in Animation Virtual Panel & Q&A

Your Career in Animation Virtual Panel & Q&A

March 7, 2021

Mar 7, 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Calling all aspiring animation artists! Gallery Nucleus is thrilled to host a live Q&A panel celebrating the 2nd edition release of David B. Levy's new book Your Career In Animation with leading animation professionals! 

Pre-order a copy of Your Career In Animation from our website and receive a signed book from David B. Levy as well as exclusive access to an online (Zoom) Q&A panel with the author, Story Artist Donna Lee, Freelance Animator Joanna Davidovich, Supervising Director Mike Hollingsworth, and Animation VP Koyalee Chanda! 

*Books will be signed by the author and are estimated to ship mid-late March.


Your Career in Animation is the most comprehensive and valuable book on animation
careers that you’ll ever need.” —Bill Plympton, Animator / Producer

Whether you want to break into the animation industry or “toon up” to a better career, this comprehensive guide will show you how. A leading animation professional surveys the field and shares the advice of more than one hundred and fifty top talents in the business of making toons— including Brooke Keesling, head of animation talent development at Bento Box, Mike Hollingsworth, supervising director of BoJack Horseman; Andrea Fernandez, art director on The Cuphead Show! PES, Oscar-nominated stop-motion director of Fresh Guacamole; Linda Simensky, head of content for PBS Kids; Minty Lewis, co-creator of The Great North; Ross Bollinger, YouTube sensation with his Pencilmation channel, and executives from Nickelodeon, Disney TVA, Titmouse, Inc., Frederator, PBS Kids, Netflix, 9 Story Media Group, Cartoon Network; and dozens of others. Learn how to:

• Get the most out of your animation education
• Build a portfolio, reel, and resume
• Keep your skills marketable for years to come
• Network effectively
• Learn from on-the-job criticism
• Cope with unemployment
• Start your own studio or build an indie brand online
• Pitch and sell a show of your own
• And more!

Also included are invaluable resources such as animation schools, societies, film festivals, events, Web sites, and publications.


  • Information may be subject to change. Please check this page closer to the event for updated information.
  • On March 7 (Sunday) at 1:00PM PST, Nucleus will be hosting a live 2 hour Q&A with author David B. Levy and the panelists via Zoom.
  • Customers that purchase a copy of Your Career In Animation from our website, from now till 11:59 PM PST March 7, will be emailed access to the Zoom Session. 
  • Zoom Access will be sent out no later than Sunday March 7 11am PST (2 hours prior to panel)
  • Books will be signed by the author and are estimated to ship mid-March.


David B. Levy - Author, animation and development executive for TV, Digital Platforms, Social Media, interactive, and film

David is the author of Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive, the essential career guide for animation artists working in North America. Levy is the director of animation at Disney, where he leads a team producing and developing original short-form content for social media, including several series for Lucasfilm. Prior to joining Disney, Levy worked as an award-winning animation director supervising series and pilots for Nickelodeon (Blue’s Clues), Cartoon Network (Assy McGee), Sesame Workshop (Word on the Street), Fox Broadcasting Company (Bob's Burgers). Levy has also been engaged as a writer/creator on development projects for Disney Jr, DreamWorks, Warner Bros. Animation, and Silvergate Media/Sony Pictures Television. As an independent filmmaker, Levy is the director of the popular children’s film Good Morning, and a pair of short animated documentaries Grandpa Looked Like William Powell and Turning a Corner which premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. Levy has lectured and taught at Parsons, SVA, NYU, RISD, and Pratt, and was president of the New York chapter of ASIFA (Association International du Film d' Animation). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. 

Donna Lee - Former Disney Frozen II Story Artist, now working at Sony as a Story Artist

Joanna Davidovich - Accomplished freelance animator, with a celebrated YouTube channel:

Joanna Davidovich has been a working animation artist for over sixteen years.  Her roots are in traditional animation, but has branched out to work in digital animation, storyboarding, and character design as well.  She has worked on an eclectic variety of projects, promos, and series for a wide array of clients, including Hasbro, Cartoon Network, and Warner Bros. Animation.  She also recently illustrated her second children's book commissioned by the State of Georgia. In her spare time she produces original content, and even enjoyed a theatrical run with her short “Monkey Rag.”  Find more of her work at, and follow her across social media @jothezette.

Mike Hollingsworth - BoJack Horseman Supervising Director

Mike Hollingsworth was the first animator hired by Netflix back in 2014. He spent 6 seasons as the Supervising Director and Co-EP on Netflix's 4th show, BoJack Horseman, and one extremely artistically fulfilling season Supervising Tuca & Bertie. Now he's the Executive Producer of Netflix's first in-house adult animated series, Inside Job, created by Shion Takeuchi, which will drop in 2021.

Koyalee Chanda - VP, Kids and Animation at Hello Sunshine

Koyalee Chanda is a children’s media creative with over 20 years of experience. She is a seven-time Emmy nominated producer and director, starting her career on the breakthrough preschool series Blue’s Clues, which she started directing at age 23. Koyalee is currently the VP of Kids and Animation at Reese Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine. Prior to this role, Koyalee did stints at Netflix Animation and Apple as a production and creative executive.

As a Creative and Development Consultant, Koyalee has worked with top kids networks, including HBO Kids and Family, Nickelodeon, Universal Kids and PBS Kids.

Past projects include: Co-Executive Producer of Wallykazam! (Nickelodeon); Co-Executive Producer of the pilot for Odd Squad (PBS Kids); Producer/Director of on-air and off-air content for Sesame Street; Voice Director for Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning series The Backyardigans; and Director of over 30 episodes of Blue’s Clues (Nickelodeon).

She is a proud graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a Directing Certificate from NYU.



“I want to put this book into the hands of every single soul who feels drawn to the field, and every single fan with a desire to know more about the medium. The industry needs new voices. One of those new voices could be yours.” Loren Bouchard, creator of Bob’s Burgers
"Behold! David Levy has distilled very hard earned wisdom in this book that shall be monumentally helpful and inspiring to all those starting their adventures in our beloved animation industry." Jorge Gutierrez, creator of El Tigre, The Book of Life, Maya and The Three
“David Levy's wonderfully comprehensive book will help anyone with a passion for animation to navigate a long, rewarding career in this fascinating, ever-changing world!” Brooke Keesling, head of animation talent development at Bento Box Entertainment LLC
"I picked up the first edition of Your Career in Animation when I was starting my career in animation. Animation isn't accounting or banking. There's no clear route or rules to starting a career, you just have to find your way, and with the knowledge in a book like this the path is a little bit more illuminated." Mike Hollingsworth, supervising director, BoJack Horseman

“David Levy has blessed us with a comprehensive tome on careers at every level of animation, from the budding beginner to the dazzling demigod.” Minty Lewis, cocreator, The Great North

“It’s a cartoon jungle out there, but David Levy’s career manual is full of valuable advice and anecdotes for the industry-oriented, the independent, novice, student, or veteran animator.” John Canemaker, 2006 Academy Award Winner; Director of Animation,
NYU Tisch School of the Arts 

“A long time ago I used my super powers to travel into the distant future and read David Levy’s incredibly informative Your Career in Animation. And today, I have my own show, am married to five super models, and have an army of giant ninja robots at my command. Coincidence? I think not.” —Mr. Warburton, creator of Cartoon Network’s Codename: Kids Next Door 

“David Levy has presented a fantastic road map through the animation industry, as well as a most engaging read.” —Linda Simensky, PBS Kids

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Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive (2nd Edition)
Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive (2nd Edition)
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