We had the good fortune of connecting with Marissa Fonte and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marissa, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
Not to self-doubt. When I was green, I was very guilty of seeking validation from others. I struggled with the confidence to expand on the notes I was given, even if I knew of ways of making the animation better. Finally, I got the chutzpah to communicate with my supervisors of ideas and jokes I had in mind. And they loved it! Once I stopped doubting myself I was able to produce the quality of work that the production really liked and that I was really proud of. From there I was able to harness my craft and gain experience as a Lead Animator, Supervisor, and Director.

Please tell us more about your work. What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What I want the world to know about me and the art that I produce, is that I care. I want to celebrate when a peer gets a job or help them seek employment if they’re looking. I want to know how my team is doing in and outside of the studio. On a production, I’m happy to do as many revisions as it takes to achieve the vision the client or show creator is striving for.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I could get carried away with this question! So, I’ll shortlist my favorite spots.. 
 Brunch is a must. Bea Bea’s for green tea pancakes. 
Love hanging out in the Glendale Americana, especially in the winter time with the fake snow! Put our names in for soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung and walk around. Get a Sprinkles cupcake from the ATM machine on our way out – always a crowd pleaser!
 Day trip to the Getty to see the art and gardens – free admission! Porto’s never disappoints! The line is always worth the quality of food and price.
 World Empanadas in Burbank. Hang out by the pool. 
Is it cliche if I said, Disneyland? Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, is the love and support of my parents and family. The wonderful people at Bento Box Entertainment and ShadowMachine Animation. The Animation Guild Union. My trusty, “The Animator’s Survival Kit”, by Richard Williams. Last (but certainly not least), my friends and partner for always hyping me up.

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