RA Animation Podcast #8 – Dana Boadway Masson | Rusty Animator
Rusty Animator
Share and Help Animators

RA Animation Podcast #8 – Dana Boadway Masson

Dana Boadway Masson is a Veteran Animator, Senior Mentor at Animation Mentor, Critiquer on 11 Second Club and Director of  a short film called The Cafe’. She’s covered it all – from TV, feature, and games in studio  to freelancing, and teaching.  Inside the episode she shares how she had to claw her way to a career as an Animator through passion and persistence. Having  also pursued acting before animation – Dana  always dishes bountiful wisdom you don’t want to miss.

From the very beginning of the Rusty Animator Podcast I was looking forward to having Dana on. She was my mentor just 4 years ago and radically changed my life because of it.  Not only did Dana push me past my own limitations as an artist but she gave me the tools that I still use today in every studio. If you have the chance to learn from, hire, or work with this rockstar – do so!

Mentioned in The Episode:

Everyones Hero ( Directed By Christopher Reeve)


Halo 3 Cinematics



Dana’s Filmography: IMDB

11 Second Club Critique:

Occasionally, Dana even critiques at 11 Second Club. Whether your participating in this monthly competition or not these crits are invaluable. Check out all the great acting tips she lays out to this already well done scene.


Thanks for Listening!

Thanks for taking the time to tune in! I hope it helps you with your animation journey.  If you have any tips, suggestions or questions about this episode, please be sure to leave them below in the comment section of this post.  Id love to hear from you!

Finally, please leave an honest review on iTunes! They are extremely helpful – both for new listeners to discover the podcast and ways I can improve future episodes. Hats off to you, its greatly appreciated!


I’m looking forward to the next session of The Rusty Animator Podcast and what it can help you with! Happy Animating!


  • That was an awesome podcast! Thanks so much to the both of you for taking the time to make it. I’m in class 6 at Animation Mentor right now and will make sure to watch her critiques as the term progresses!

  • padraig post says:

    That was great, would love to hear another pc on Acting, great stuff thanks to you both! 🙂

  • Chuck R says:

    Very much enjoyed this podcast. I am currently trying to decide if I should pursue my lifelong dream of becoming an animator. I was encouraged hearing that studios are going remote since I am stuck in Maryland, with aging parents a wife and 2 kids, mobility will be a problem. Freelance is almost my only option. Is working on non-paid Artella projects (after I do some schooling) a good way to make contacts in the industry to land paid freelance jobs in the industry?

    • Thrilled you enjoyed it Chuck and thanks for sharing a bit of your story. A lot of animators (aspiring and professional) are in the same boat regarding mobility. I’m one of them. Used to be mobile all over the world, but now that I’m married that lifestyle isn’t ideal.

      That said, yes I do believe Artella is a great way to make all kinds of contacts with people from anywhere at any level. What I will add, though, is that freelancing is tough right now. There are not as many options for new animators as they are for different artists like riggers or fx artists. But there is a slow shift happening. The industry is starting to change business as usual. Places like Artella may be where you find lots of paid remote work in the near future, maybe by the time your done with schooling or maybe a bit longer. Hard to say. If you love this enough, stick to your guns, solutions are due around the bend.

      • Chuck R says:

        Thanks for all your valuable information. You said there is not a lot of options for new 3D animators. But other artists options are available for the entertainment industry. I have been in contact with local studios in my area(literally there are only 5 in the state) and getting the same answer. What other options are there? I have heard that storyboarding even with remote work is in demand. What about the 2D animation realm? If I was honest with myself having a pencil(even if it is a digital one)in my hand is where I would like to see myself going forward.

  • >