FORMER INTERNET CELEBRITY
Jay Grandin is the humble and gracious co-founder of one of the most beloved studios in motion graphics, Giant Ant. He has a storied past that I uncovered with our converstation including his humble beginnings as an industrial designer at Steelcase to his early viral celebrity status as a “content creator.”
Jay turned dick jokes and clever low brow comedy sketches into a deal with one of the early social media unicorns before eventually finding his true calling as a creative director in motion graphics and animation with his wife and business partner, Leah Nelson. We also get the rom-com backstory on how they met.
This chat with Jay is one of my absolute favorites thus far, I know you sickos are going to really enjoy it. I certainly did.
Grammarly | Erica Gorochow | Baby Jay | Emily Carr University | Steelcase | JayVideo | Jay was a viral internet celebrity | Myspace Series | Life after Myspace | Getting the ball rolling | How Jay met Leah | How Jay got into motion graphics and animation | The story behind the name, Giant Ant | What put Giant Ant on the Map, The Tom’s project | Lucas Brooking | Jorge Estrada | It takes a village | Saying farewell to Lucas & Jorge | New Hires: Rafael Mayani, Eric Pautz, Conor Whelan | The benefits of staying small | Fatherhood of twins | Family friendly office culture | Work & life balance | The work and the industry maturing | Demo Duck project with Jorge & Claudio | Having strict hours | It never gets easier, you just keep moving faster | Dichotomy of Giant Ant, live action & animation | live action director collaborations: Gwenael Lewis & Kevan Funk | Blowing smoke up Jay’s ass | A good creative director is a safety harness | Giant Ant Austin? | What if Donald Trump was elected president? | What Jay looks for when he hires someone | Looking for leadership with passion | How Giant Ant decides to take on a project or not | Living and working your values, Patagonia | Would Jay hire his kids in the future | Sharing gross baby stories | Weirdest thing a client has asked Giant Ant to do | To-This Day | Talking poems | What Jay is sick of the most | Pitching for free | Political tangents | The cracked veneer of pitching | Ending on a hopeful note