A Day in the Life – #319 April 2022

This month, we have the honor of sharing a day in the life of the amazing Mindy Johnson, CalArts teacher, historian and author of the acclaimed books Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney Animation and Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girl’s Guide to Disney Animation.

My days start with a brisk walk around my neighborhood. Researching/writing are sedentary, so getting outdoors, along with exercise/yoga throughout the day, is vital.

Once back, it’s a short commute upstairs to my office with breakfast in hand, and time for emails, meetings and lecture prep.

My research/writing continues with work on the collection of a very early female animator/director I recently discovered.

Midday sustenance often lands somewhere between late morning to well into the afternoon.

I’m teaching online this semester at CalArts, Drexel University and other campuses. It’s always a joy to connect with my students — even remotely!

I passed my negative COVID test required for Academy speakers, yay!

I arrive at tonight’s ‘office’ for ‘tech-check’ of The Adventures of Prince Achmed at the David Geffen Theater, then happily sequester backstage.

It’s always a joy introducing the brilliance of Lotte Reiniger’s animation to new audiences!

Back home after a successful event, and at the computer for some late-night writing! It’s way past my bedtime, but there’s work to be done. I’m eager to present this exciting discovery to the world soon, so stay ‘tooned’!



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