Hello readers! Did you meet someone new this week? How was it? Enchanting, terrible, no reaction? Meeting people can be a dangerous game, a bit like mountaineering. On the tricky slope of life, there can be a rock to cling to, and others that will just crumble and plunge you into the void. Sadly, you can't decide which kind of person you're going to bump into, that's what our dear friends Jack and Kate learnt to know under the name of "Fate". That's also what Samantha decided to work on this Saturday. Shall we start the interview?
-What's your name and surname?
-Samantha Leriche-Gionet, but I’m also known as Boum.
-How old are you?
-Where do you live?
-What do you do for a living?
-I'm currently a freelancer, working in animation and illustration. I've delved into varied projects—short films, feature films, ads, series, live action, documentary...
-What's your story?
-I always liked drawing; I've wanted to do animation ever since I visited the (now extinct) animation studio over at DisneyWorld—I was seven years old. I remember it quite clearly: they were working on Aladdin, and as I watched them flip the sheets, I said: "I want to do just that when I grow up." I spent most of my time as a kid drawing, writing stories, reading comics and watching animated movies. At seventeen, I got into Traditional 2D Animation in college, directed my first animated short, graduated, felt the need to learn some more, started a BFA Major in Film Animation at Concordia University, directed some more animated shorts, and before I knew it I was a twenty-five year-old bachelor of Fine Arts whose films toured the globe in festivals. The freelance thing pretty much happened on its own as soon as I got out of school because my teachers have been talking about me, and I can't say enough how lucky I am. I wasn't even the best student technically speaking, I was just over-enthusiastic about animation in general and I worked so damn hard all the time and I was always at school until the wee hours of the night—I suppose I got labeled with the term "efficient" and they remembered that. See, kids? That's why you should be nice and do well in school.
-What are your projects?
-My goal would be to keep on making films in-between contracts. I really like freelancing, but I miss working on my own stuff (I barely ever get the time for that nowadays). The problem with making films is that if you don't get grants for them, the only way to keep going is to do them in your free time, doing sit-ins at your desk during the night hoping it'll be worth it. I don't have enough free time to even consider that right now, which sucks greatly. I still try to participate in smaller projects like comic collectives, artbooks, exhibitions and such. It keeps me sane.
-Can you tell us about your website?
-I built my first website when I was twelve (on Geocities, like most people my age), it was a rather stupid video-game-related-fan-site that I eventually turned into an online portfolio. It's changed name and location about a dozen times now, but a couple years ago I finally settled for some sort of brand name—« Boumerie »—which is a made-up French term that could imply you’ll find lots of Boum-ish stuff there. I only use it to showcase my very best work so updates are sporadic, but I’m fairly regular on my blog, so people should be checking often. I also tweet like crazy, especially when I’m working... come and say hi! @boumerie
-What inspires you?
-Random stylish people I run into can strike me with inspiration, but mostly it’s the folks I hang around with that get my creative juices flowing. Most of my close friends are artists, so we pretty much inspire and motivate each other all the time (special mention to Cab and Paule T.B. because we’ve known each other for a while and live in the same neighbourhood). Outside of my friend circle, I like to ogle at pretty drawn things by Charmaine Verhagen, Vera Brosgol, Jen Wang, Der-shing Helmer, Louise Bagnall, Ciaran Duffy and Alessandro Barbucci—just to name a few. I also have a thing for retro-styled typography posters, minimalistic cartoons, and pretty girls with attitude.
-What makes you laugh the most?
-It’ll sound corny—my boyfriend. We play the craziest, most juvenile games sometimes, I bet we look like preschoolers stuck in pubescent bodies to some people we meet, but I just love it. I also get a kick out of going out with my friends. Oddly enough, I’m the kind of person who doesn’t laugh the slightest during movies or TV shows or stand-up comics or whatever, even if I’m amused. I’m just weird like that.
-Why did you choose this FML?
-There are so many, I didn’t know where to look. Then my boyfriend remembered that his former roommate had shared a particularly gross one via e-mail a while back, so he dug it out for me. I immediately pictured it in my head for some reason, and it was decided.
-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share with us?
-Who doesn’t? At an award ceremony in high school, I got called on stage to pick up a prize. As I was climbing the stairs to the stage, somebody yelled something at me, so I looked at the audience to find out who it was... I ended up missing a step and falling face down on the stage, in front of a jam-packed auditorium, with projectors screening the whole ordeal live on two gigantic panels on each side of the audience. FML
That's is the perfect punch line to the interview, thank you very much Samantha for your participation!
Samantha's Boumerie: http://www.boumerie.com/
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