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  • City of Brea’s 99th Birthday Giveaway on BBON

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    Brea's 99th Birthday Giveaway: A taste of what's coming up ! Brea Art in Public Places sculpture: Just a Taste, located in Brea Union Plaza

    Brea's 99th Birthday Giveaway: A taste of what's coming up!
    Brea's Art in Public Places sculpture: Just a Taste, located in Brea Union Plaza

  • “Newsy Suzie” Year-End Review 2015

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      Lots happened in Brea in 2015.

        Susan Gaede aka "Newsy Suzie"

        Susan Gaede aka "Newsy Suzie"


          Take a look back with our "Newsy Suzie" at some of the people we've met - and some special folks we've lost - some of the news we've learned about and some of the fun we've had over the year in our community.

            -Andrea Barber of Brea is known for playing Kimmy Gibbler on ABC sitcom "Full House." The show "Fuller House" will be released in March. Andrea is cast again as Kimmy.
            Andrea Barber is known for playing Kimmy Gibber on ABC sitcom Full House. The show Fuller House is in the process of being launched and will be released in March. Andrea is cast as Kimmy Gibbler. (courtesy Felicity Barber)

            Andrea Barber is known for playing Kimmy Gibber on ABC sitcom Full House. The show Fuller House is in the process of being launched and will be released in March. Andrea is cast as Kimmy Gibbler. (courtesy Felicity Barber)


              -Mike Hilton, 1982 Brea Olinda High School grad, was featured in the March 18 Wall Street Journal for selling his Concur software company for $8.3 billion dollars.

                -Thirteen members of the BOHS Choir were featured on the sound track for the film, "Krampus." They can be heard singing "Krampus Karol of the Bells" during the credits. The students and their director, Dave Willert, were acknowledged in the credits for their participation.

                  -Joe Bilotta, CEO of Flying Pig Productions, is the producer of the movie "Coldwater" now out on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes.

                    --Vanessa Arevalo Mathison, 1985 Brea Olinda High School grad, who modeled around the world for 18 years was on the BOHS reunion committee. She attended this year with her actor husband Cameron Mathieson, who is currently a full-time correspondent and weekly co-anchor for “Entertainment Tonight.
                    1985 Brea Olinda High School grad and former model, Vanessa Arevalo Mathison is married to Cameron Mathieson currently co-anchor of “Entertainment Tonight.” They attended the 1985 Class Reunion at the Brea Community Center in May.

                    1985 Brea Olinda High School grad and former model, Vanessa Arevalo Mathison is married to Cameron Mathieson currently co-anchor of “Entertainment Tonight.” They attended the 1985 Class Reunion at the Brea Community Center in May. (courtesy of Susan Gaede)


                      -Tommy Bonacci, 1997 Brea Olinda High School grad, won the the 2015 World Jet-Ski championship.

                        -Kelsey Harris, former Ladycat, played on national TV in the State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-point Championship during the Final Four on ESPN.

                          -Debra Jaynes Castelletti-Payne, 1979 Brea Olinda High School grad, was on “Let’s Make a Deal” and won a new Mazda.

                            -Joe Maddon took the Cubs to the playoffs. Joe and wife, Jaye, own a house in Brea.

                              -Chris Emeterio was selected as assistant city manager and the community services director. He is serving in the new dual role.

                                The football field/track at Brea Olinda High School Stadium was named for Leonard “Mac” Mackain in honor of all his contributions as a principal, superintendent, and mayor in Brea, and for starting the (Brea Education Student Track) meet that is held every year with all elementary schools competing.

                                  -Former Brea resident Trudy Martin recently jumped out of a airplane (for the fifth time) on her 90th birthday.

                                    Trudy Martin recently jumped out of a airplane (for the fifth time) on her 90th birthday. (courtesy Robyn Martin Pruett)

                                    Trudy Martin recently jumped out of a airplane (for the fifth time) on her 90th birthday. (courtesy Robyn Martin Pruett)


                                      -Brea Junior High started the school year with 14 sets of twins and one set of triplets.

                                        -Brea Olinda Unified School District Superintendent Skip Rolland and wife, Sharon, were presented beach cruisers to mark his 39 years in education. Brad Mason, took over July 1 as the new superintendent.

                                          -We heard about the nice moment when Bill Lentini, former Police Chief and Mayor, read a book that he authored “The Adventure of Kiwi Kayla" to his granddaughter’s class at Mariposa School. Kayla was thrilled. Lentini donated proceeds from the book to the school.

                                            -Bob Eubanks, former host of the Newlywed Game, put on a fun show for the Brea SummerFest fundraiser at St. Angela Merici School.

                                              -Elly and Sally Min, BOHS twins, went to South Korea on all-expense trip paid from the Korea government.

                                                -We heard about the dedication of Mary Louise Hause, who has been putting up and taking down the flag at the entrance of Pleasant Hills for more than 40 years.

                                                  -Libby Williams was crowned BOHS homecoming queen.

                                                    -Carla Roque, 1998 BOHS grad illustrated the “Annie” lyric book that was available in Wendy's kids meals as part of the promotion for the movie.

                                                      -Tyler Kline, 10, took the title of Grand Champion Steer at the 125th OC Fair.

                                                        -Former Ladycat basketball star player Sarita Stamps was named head coach at El Dorado High School.

                                                          -DeAnne Spicer Todd, a 1979 BOHS grad and former Miss Brea, performed early in the year in an La Opera production. She portrayed a headless dancer in the staging of "The Ghosts of Versailles."

                                                            -Pastor John Bryden, 1983 grad, stopped by the Kansas City Royals dugout during the American League Conference Series to say hello to Tim Leiper, 1984 Brea Olinda High grad, who is the first-base coach of the Toronto Blue Jays. Brad Lemon another member of the Class of '83, was also at the game working in the Kansas City Royals dugout as the MLB authenticator.

                                                              -Sachiko White, a former Disneyland ambassador, married fellow Disneyland employee Danny Handke.

                                                                -Jeanette Pollen, a former Ladycat now playing for Indiana Fever, got engaged to a professional basketball player in Europe. She returned to California for Christmas then heads to Europe to play overseas for the spring.

                                                                  McKenna Berry won the most beautiful baby in her age group at the Brea Country Fair (courtesy Susan Gaede)

                                                                  McKenna Berry won the most beautiful baby in her age group at the Brea Country Fair (courtesy Susan Gaede)


                                                                    -McKenna Berry won the most beautiful baby in her age group at the annual Brea Country Fair.

                                                                      -Claire Manson was the first Brea Olinda High School freshman to win the Brea American Idol Contest.

                                                                        Biz Buzz:

                                                                          Chefs Bobby Deen and Chef Nikki Dinki (not shown) of the Food network challenged Bruxie co-founders Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney to a food face off. Dennis Rodman (in hat) counted the votes and announced the winners. The challenge will air on the Food Network at a later date. (courtesy Susan Gaede

                                                                          Chefs Bobby Deen and Chef Nikki Dinki (not shown) of the Food network challenged Bruxie co-founders Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney to a food face off. Dennis Rodman (in hat) counted the votes and announced the winners. The challenge will air on the Food Network at a later date. (courtesy Susan Gaede


                                                                            - TV cameras were at Bruxie restaurant on November 11 and 12. Chefs Bobby Deen, (son of comfort food legend Paula Deen) and New York Chef Nikki Dinki, competed against Bruxie’s co-founders, Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney, to a “flip” contest in which healthier food options were pitted against popular Bruxie recipes. Dennis Rodman of Brea declared Bruxie the winner. The show will air on the Cooking Channel.

                                                                              - Green Tomato Grill opened in the Von’s shopping center. They have green fried tomatoes on the menu ..yum.

                                                                                -Slapfish opened December 30 at La Floresta. We hear the seafood is awesome.

                                                                                  There was some sad news over the year.

                                                                                    -Funeral services were held for former Mayor Roy Moore on August 29. He served on the Brea City council for 16 years.

                                                                                      -Dr. Laurry Bishop, former Brea Olinda High School teacher, passed away August 26.

                                                                                        -Longtime Brea resident Elsie Bergman, one of the most fashionable and sweetest ladies, died August 4 at age 102.

                                                                                          -Joy Davenport, former Laurel School teacher, died in August. She was 103.

                                                                                            -JoAnn Dean Killingsworth, Disneyland’s first Snow White, was remembered at a memorial at La Floresta, where she was living when she died.

                                                                                              -Former Olinda Elementary principal Joan Lewis died this year.

                                                                                                -Longtime Brean Carol lsrael passed away last week.

                                                                                                  There were lots of local folks honored this year, here are a few:

                                                                                                    -Dillon McKinley was awarded the Brea Lions Club Citizen of the Year Award. The water polo player also received a full-ride scholarship to USC.

                                                                                                      -Valeria Zavala, a fifth-grader from Laurel Elementary School, was the National History Day Champion for the State.

                                                                                                        Laurel Elementary fifth-grade student, Valerie Zavala, won National History Day, one of the largest state history competitions. (courtesy of Jill Berrner)

                                                                                                        Laurel Elementary fifth-grade student, Valerie Zavala, won National History Day, one of the largest state history competitions. (courtesy of Jill Berrner)


                                                                                                          -Earning the prestigious Eagle Scout Rank this year were Dakota Brennon Bishop, Ben Lyons, Ryan Hunter, Skyler McMillan, Billy Mitchell, and Adam Pacheco.

                                                                                                            -Daval Patel completed her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts.

                                                                                                              Odds and ends:

                                                                                                                -The Brea Chamber of Commerce announced the return of the Brea Farmers’ Market, every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. located at the North West Corner of Birch Street and State College Boulevard.

                                                                                                                  -Brea United Methodist Church celebrated their 50th year on September 18th.

                                                                                                                    -The Brea Lions Club 56th annual North-South All-Star game benefitted two honorable charities in Orange County: Western Youth Services, and the Orange County Youth Foundation, plus, Brea Olinda Special Education, Brea Olinda High Cheer and several other youth groups that participated through ticket and ad sales.

                                                                                                                      -Bill McLeran was the Game Chairman and Phil Anton was Game Coordinator.

                                                                                                                        -Dwight Manley donated $10,000 towards thirteen new trees in front of the Brea High School gym.

                                                                                                                          -Brea Fest celebration celebrated 29 years of fun for Brea.

                                                                                                                            -The Soroptimist Internation Club of Brea-La Habra continued helping with human trafficking among other things.

                                                                                                                              -Fanning School reopened in May after undergoing $6 million in repairs due to earthquake damage.

                                                                                                                                -Holiday lights in Brea Eagle Hills neighborhood were a treat to view.

                                                                                                                                  Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or e-mail her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • Only Time Will Tell the Future of Brea’s “Charlie the Clock!”

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    Photo illustration of Brea's 'Charlie the Clock" (real and animated) by Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins and Greg Voisan Photography.

    Photo illustration of Brea's historic icon 'Charlie the Clock" (real and animated) by Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins and Greg Voisan Photography.


      For those of you who love the world of imagination....Tick Tock: The unveiling of our new timeline image

        For quite some time now, I have viewed Brea’s historic icon ‘Charlie the Clock’ as an animated character, so it’s with great excitement as we countdown to our centennial, that I present our photo illustration courtesy of fellow Brean residents: BOHS and CSUF grad, Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins who designed ‘Charlie the Clock’ and Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.

          A special Shout Out to Heather Ashley Collins who recently published her first children’s book, "My Dog the Alien."

            As for ‘Charlie the Clock,’ caricature cutout, it’s photo op time! Next week the dapper gent will be at the annual Country Hills Jog-A-Thon. Thereafer, you can see Charlie in the lobby at Brea Edwards Stadium West 10 the week of November 16, followed by sister theater East 12, Thanksgiving week!

  • Brea seeks community representatives to help plan its 100th year anniversary in 2017

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    Oil fields of Brea early 1900's. (City of Brea Wikipedia)

    Oil fields of Brea early 1900's. (City of Brea Wikipedia)

    Known as the city of oil, oranges, and opportunity, Mayor Marty Simonoff officially announced  that a Brea Centennial Steering Committee is being formed and the about 15 representatives from organizations throughout the city will be chosen to help plan Brea's 100th year anniversary celebration. width=

    Known as the city of oil, oranges, and opportunity, Mayor Marty Simonoff officially announced that a Brea Centennial Steering Committee is being formed and about 15 representatives from organizations throughout the city will be chosen to help plan Brea’s 100th year anniversary celebration in 2017.

    “On Feb. 23, 1917, our founding families incorporated a small wildcatting oil town and put the city of Brea on the map,” a note from Mayor Marty Simonoff said. “Since then, Brea has grown into a vibrant business, recreation and cultural center boasting housing and services for a diverse community. Now it’s time to celebrate the 100-year journey that created one of Orange County’s premier cities!”

      A Brea Centennial Steering Committee is being formed, he said, to plan Brea’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2017. Some 15 representatives from organizations throughout the city will be brought together, he said.

        “The Brea Centennial Steering Committee will be a working group of Brea residents, with a can-do spirit with experience in promotion, fundraising, event planning or knowledge of Brea’s history,” he said.

          Those interested in participating should send an e-mail to: Centennial@CityofBrea.net by Oct. 15. Include daytime contact information and a 150-words-or-less describe of why you are interested in participating.

            Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or e-mail her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • Q&A with Brea’s new City Manager Bill Gallardo

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    By Carolyn Campbell


      Appointed by the City Council, leading us into our centennial year as Brea’s new City Manager is Bill Gallardo, a 25-year employee of the City of Brea. Bill is a Cal Poly grad, who was initially hired as management analyst II for the City of Brea in April of 1990, and has since served several positions, assisting most recently as interim city manager for Tim O’Donnell who retired this month.
      Brea City Manager, Bill Gallardo.

      Meet your new City Manager, Bill Gallardo.


        Bill’s wife is a Nurse Manager at Loma Linda University Medical Center and his son and daughter are both in college. His hobbies are hiking, relaxing at the beach, playing with their two Labradors (Shadow and Charlie) and taking his motorcycles and off-road quads out to the desert.

          Sometimes doing what you love may set you on a path you never imagined…

            "When I started my career in Brea 25 years ago, as a Management Analyst in Finance, I knew immediately that I had found a great fit—a proactive organization that expects excellence and works hard to achieve it. But at that time, I could hardly imagine that I would one day have the opportunity to help lead this city—and it is an amazing feeling. It is great to know that I have a talented team that I can always count on to give 100%," said Bill.

              BBON: You certainly are no stranger to the City of Brea, possessing over two decades of knowledge working for our city. How will that experience help you in leading Brea into the future?

                Bill: What I think I can really bring to the position is an in-depth knowledge of Brea’s finances. Having started my career in Finance as an Analyst, and then promoting to Revenue Manager, Finance Director and most recently the second in command as Assistant City Manager/Administrative Services Director. So when looking at projects or new initiatives I am always looking toward cost efficiency, on-going costs, and then how the City can save or set aside funds to replace or repair that project in the future.

                  I am fiscally conservative by nature and proud of the fact that during the “great recession,” when we endured huge revenue losses (where sales tax dropped significantly), we were able to strategically reduced our costs where it had the least impact to core City Services and even grow the General Fund Reserves in the process. Finally, having been involved with so much of the growth here in Brea, I know the “story behind” the project or the nuance of why certain decisions were made and knowing the history is tremendous help.

                    BBON: Communication is the key. How will you interact with our City Council?

                      Bill: Absolutely, communication is vital. I have the good fortune of holding weekly individual meetings with the City Council. Additionally I meet with the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem in preparation for the upcoming council meeting and set the meeting agenda. All the Council is easily accessible by phone, text or email so the lines of communication are wide open and we communicate frequently as needed.

                        BBON: What are your goals this year?

                          Bill: As always, the City of Brea has set an aggressive schedule of projects and services to be completed. Over the next few months, I will be working with the City Council, the management team and employees to set up a transition plan, which includes hiring my replacement in Administrative Services. I also plan on doing some goal setting with Directors and Managers in support of Council goals and directives.

                            BBON: Stepping up to chief executive officer of Brea, what will be your guide to motivation and productivity in the workplace?

                              Bill: Service to the Community is our number one motivator and considered 100% of the time in any decision made. I work with some of the most dedicated and hardworking employees giving their all to making Brea a wonderful place to live and work. Having really started at the bottom and working my way up I have seen first-hand how this organization rally’s around an issues and works very hard to come up with solutions. The interaction from all departments all pulling together is amazing and this really shows in our commitment to outstanding customer service.

                                BBON: We want a leader we can depend on and feel comfortable to interact with. What will you do to encourage community relations?

                                  One of my goals is to keep the City Manager’s Office accessible to Brea’s business and community leaders and residents that make Brea their home. I have already been in contact with several business owners and residents and it is one way of keeping an open dialogue and communication with our business leaders and residents.

                                    I also expect to attend as many meeting of service clubs here in Brea in addition to attending as many community events as possible. Brea is such a great place and it’s important to be out in the community.

                                      My direct email address is billga@cityofbrea.net if someone might need to contact me.

                                        BBON: As the eighth oldest and one of the smallest cities in Orange County, share your thoughts about "Good Old Brea" reaching its milestone of 100 years in 2017?

                                          Bill: Few people really comprehend that Brea is almost 100 years old! It does not seem that way given the great way we keep up the look and appearance of our infrastructure (roads, buildings and parks) and all the new construction over the past 20 years (Downtown, Brea Plaza, Brea Union Plaza, Blackstone, La Floresta etc.) This is going to be an amazing time in our history and soon the City will be gearing up a Centennial Committee to work on celebrations for 2017 which is not that far away. Brea is unique in that it is a proactive, future thinking city, yet we never forget our roots, and are proud of our rich history. Brea has grown from and oil and agricultural town into a vibrant business center with destination dining and shopping. The City has two museums that preserve our history—The Brea Museum and Heritage Center on Brea Blvd and the Brea Olinda Oil Museum and Trail.

  • Disneyland turns 60; Breans connected to The Happiest Place on Earth

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    Disneyland celebrated its anniversary of 60 years on June 17, 2015. Many Breans have a connection to Disneyland including:


      DeAnn Spicer Todd as Disney's Cinderella.

      DeAnn Spicer Todd, 1979 BOHS grad played Disney princesses among other roles at Disneyland. (courtesy DeAnn Spicer Todd)


        • DeAnn Spicer Todd, a 1979 Brea Olinda High grad, who was also Snow White at Disneyland. The former Miss Brea was also in the Main Street Electrical Parade, cast as Alice in Wonderland and danced in the Golden Horseshoe Review. DeAnne went to Japan when Larry Billman of Brea, former director of entertainment, Walt Disney Attractions, Japan, worked at the park there. She was a dancer in one of the Japanese park’s shows.

          • Mike Davis was a Brea resident when he served as vice president of Disneyland Resorts Entertainment. He is now senior vice president/executive producer at Universal Studios, Japan.

            Sachiko White, BOHS grad and currently Disneyland Resort Ambassador, married fellow Disney employee Danny Handke last year. He popped the question in Fantasy Faire. They both still work at Disneyland currently in Imagineering. (courtesy Anna Hogan)

            Sachiko White, BOHS grad and currently Disneyland Resort Ambassador, married fellow Disney employee Danny Handke last year. He popped the question in Fantasy Faire. They both still work at Disneyland currently in Imagineering. (courtesy Anna Hogan)


              • Sachiko White, also a BOHS grad, was a 2013-14 Disneyland Resort ambassador. She also married fellow Disney employee Danny Handke last year. They both still work in Disneyland in the Imagineering department.

                • Andy Ronquillo is in public relations and works as a tour guide.

                  Andy Ronquillo is in public relations and working as a tour guide. (Courtesy cast member)

                  Andy Ronquillo is in public relations and working as a tour guide. (courtesy cast member)


                    • Stacia Martin has been working in Disneyland for 37 years. She is a Disneyland historian and artist. Stacy travels all over the world speaking about Disneyland and is great at drawing all the characters. When Stacy was in third grade at Mariposa Elementary School, at career day she put down “work at Disneyland.”

                      • Howard Bryden, former Mariposa principal, now deceased, was a train conductor for many summers He had said he couldn’t get over that Disneyland had a jar of live leeches used in a science demonstration.

                        • Bessie Eberhardt was cast as Pluto and Julie LeNeve is a former Minnie Mouse.

                          • Rex Gaede was in attendance at the opening day of Disneyland 60 years ago.

                            Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at (714) 529-8561 or e-mail her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • Brea’s July 4th Country Fair still going strong after 36 years

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    Ashley and Bree Washeleski-Brea patriotic twins at the July 4th Country Fair 2013. (courtesy Susan Gaede)

    Ashley and Bree Washeleski-Brea patriotic twins at the July 4th Country Fair 2013. (courtesy Susan Gaede)


      As we approach our centennial year in 2017, we have seen many changes as Brea evolved into a Northern Orange County destination for dining, shopping and entertainment, but for those of us who live here, we embrace the good old-fashioned charm we have maintained throughout the years. And when it comes to celebrating “Good Old Brea” nothing beats our annual Country Fair still going strong after 36 years!

        Tradition continues at Brea’s July 4th Country Fair. The daylong festivities at City Hall Park will start with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7-11 a.m., followed by the Brea Ministerial Association morning service. The fair officially begins at 10 a.m. and free entertainment continues until 4 p.m.

          It’s the type of neighborly socializing event that draws a large family-friendly crowd with something for everyone including:

            -Live performances by Darden Family, Whiskey Hayride, Chico, The Royals and Make Mine Acoustic

              -Kiddie Parade, Beautiful Baby and Bow Wow Contests

                -Teen Fun Area and Little Kids Fun Area

                  -Pie Eating and Hula Hoop Contests

                    -Hot Rod and Collectible Car Show

                      -Market Place craft area

                        -$2 swimming at the Plunge (for all ages)

                          -Reptacular Animals Reptile Show

                            Other activities throughout the park include an antique car display, petting zoo, food and game booths, exhibit at the Brea Museum and Heritage Center and trolley tours of Olinda Oil Museum and Trail and much more.

                              in the lobby of Edwards Brea Stadium West 10--in celebration of Brea’s 98th birthday.

                              Sebastian of Brea, one of five winners of BBON “The Face of Brea” Photo Contest held in the lobby of Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 to celebrate Brea’s 98th birthday.

                              And this year to remind us of Brea’s rich past, "Charlie the Clock" caricature will be on display at Brea Museum & Heritage Center. So, if you haven’t seen Charlie around town yet, it’s time for a keepsake photo as “The Face of Brea ”

                                For more information on registering for the beautiful baby contest and the exciting events the Country Fair has to offer, call (714) 990-7771 or visit breaspecialevents.com.

  • “The Face of Brea” Photo Contest Winners

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      Anyone who viewed “The Face of Brea” Photo Contest album knows that Greg of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography had a tough job in choosing just five winners. To us, they’re all winners.
  • CSUF Daily Titan story on Heather Collins – Charlie the Clock caricature creator

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      BY CECILY MEZA – POSTED ON FEBRUARY 16, 2015 POSTED IN: FEATURES

        A background illustration by alumna Heather Collins who graduated Cal State Fullerton in 2013 and now works for Titmouse Animation Studio in Los Angeles.

        A background illustration by alumna Heather Collins who graduated Cal State Fullerton in 2013 and now works for Titmouse Animation Studio in Los Angeles.


          A background illustration by alumna Heather Collins who graduated Cal State Fullerton in 2013 and now works for Titmouse Animation Studio in Los Angeles. Students come to Cal State Fullerton with the hopes of getting an opportunity of a lifetime after graduation.

            Heather Collins was a transfer student from Fullerton College and a 2014 CSUF graduate who ended up breaking into the entertainment industry as a background illustrator for Titmouse Animation Studio.

              Collins, 26, now works on the show China Illinois on Adult Swim, a show that takes place at the fictional University of China, Illinois that’s been labeled the “worst college America.”

                Her journey to get into the industry was all based on the idea of “being the lucky one,” she said.

                  Art runs in the Collins family—her mother is a graphic designer and her father painted motorcycles.

                    Collins began drawing in elementary school where she would constantly get in trouble for being too encompassed in her art and not in the lessons.

                      She eventually took all the art classes that she could possibly take in junior high and high school, and figured out that this would be the direction she’s going in for a career.

                        But like most college students, she did not know the exact route within art that she wanted to go.

                          Once she came to CSUF, she discovered the animation and illustration emphasis within the art department. There they were pushed to paint digitally and Collins decided to pursue it as a career.

                            As a requirement for the illustration department, Collins needed to complete an internship.

                              Collins went above the requirements and pursued two internships, instead of one, during the same semester. One at Nickelodeon and the other at Titmouse Animation Studio, where she now works.

                                Collins commuted two hours to and from Burbank and juggled both internships while taking classes at CSUF.

                                  “It was worth it,” Collins said.

                                    Collins completed her internship and made a mark on the Titmouse team as she networked and kept in touch with their human resources department.

                                      Once she graduated, she contacted Titmouse asking if there were potential opportunities to come back and work as an employee.

                                        She was later offered a position as a temporary receptionist, not her ideal place within the industry.

                                          “You do what you have to do to get your foot in the door,” Collins said.

                                            She was then asked to do numerous jobs within Titmouse, which included drawing storyboards for various shows, became a production assistant and finally got into what she was wanting to break into—background designs.

                                              She described the journey as a slow build up to get where she wanted.

                                                “It is challenging … it’s such a hard industry to get into,” Collins said. “I’m very lucky, honestly.”

                                                  While she is currently at Titmouse, she is also working on her own side project of creating a childrens book or even pitching the idea for a show.

                                                    She is drawing her inspiration for the childrens book or show from her dog, which she describes as ridiculously ugly and awful but once people see him, they instantly fall in love with him.

                                                      Collins ultimately wants to create characters and creatures for horror movies.

                                                        Recently, Collins was selected to create the caricature, Charlie the Clock, for the City of Brea’s 98th birthday this month.

                                                          She created Charlie the Clock for the Face of Brea contest run by the Brea Old and New Facebook page creator, Carolyn Campbell who described Collins as “an amazing artist.”

                                                            The Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 has a cutout Charlie the Clock character on display for individuals to place their head as Charlie’s face and take pictures.

                                                              The top five winners of the contest will win an undisclosed prize from the Brea Old and New.

                                                                As for what the future holds for Collins, she hopes to branch out and get into a bigger, more well known studio in order to give her more opportunities to pitch her show.

  • Step right up to be The Face of Brea – Photo Contest

    3 years ago by

    Make a plan to visit Brea Edwards Theater and Join "Andrew" in becoming "The Face of Brea," celebrating Brea's 98th birthday. Win Fab prizes. Contest runs through Friday, February 27.

    Make a plan to visit Brea Edwards Theater and Join "Andrew" in becoming "The Face of Brea," celebrating Brea's 98th birthday. Win Fab prizes. Contest runs through Friday, February 27.


      Who’s The Face of Brea: Andrew is the face of Brea! YOU Can Be The Face of Brea, toooooo!

        Make a trip to Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, and in the lobby you’ll see the most dapper gent in town, Charlie the Clock cutout.

          To enter the contest and win great prizes, Upload your pic and we’ll place it in our “The Face of Brea Photo Contest” Facebook album. Contest runs through Friday, February 27.

            Five Fab prizes for Five Winners! Not familiar with Brea's historic icon: Charlie the Clock, check out BBON The Face of Brea Photo Contest details to learn about Charlie, How to Participate, Contest Rules and Prizes.

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