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Where we celebrate women working in animation, and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

I&PG-100, Xochitl Thienes, Visual Development Artist

May 30, 2020

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast- a look at animation through the women who make it!

This is another interview in our Parenting in Animation series!

Hosted by Katya Bowser


Today’s guest is visual development artist, Xochitl Thienes!

With the long term goal of breaking into the animation industry, Xochitl found herself 8 months pregnant when she got the phone call that she got a prop designer job on Nickelodeon’s "The Casas Grandes." She shares with us the emotional rollercoaster of getting pregnant when you haven’t made it to your goals, how she handled the eternal question: to take a maternity leave or not, and how she asked for what she needed from her partner, friends, and even production team.

When people say you can’t have both, Xochitl recommends to not listen. You can have both. It’s hard work, but stay positive.

Foot note: This interview was recorded in late 2019.


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