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Cartoons, Crushes & Cover Albums

Got the Monday morning blues? Don't worry girl, Charley will strum all that way...

Monday morning toons and an English breakfast of champions, anyone? Don’t mind if we do, after all, it is a long weekend here in the States! This morning, SS gal Anna Gray is in the kitchen with animator, musician, and backgammon enthusiast, Charley Damski. We talk food and chicks below!

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Current location: Silverlake, Los Angeles, CA

So you work for the new Fox programming channel Animation Domination HD. What’s your favorite part of being a series producer?
I get paid to make silly voices, write inappropriate jokes, and create imaginary worlds with people I really look up to.

What’s your favorite cartoon from childhood?
I was a big Ren & Stimpy kid, also Rocko’s Modern Life.

You see a lot of new shows working for ADHD. What’s your new favorite?
I’m working on a show about ducks in the South who skateboard that I am really excited about.

What dream job would you give it all up for?
I’ve always wanted to be a film composer like Ennio Morricone

A little birdy told me you have a Beach Boys cover album… When can we hear it?
Can I ctrl-z any mention of this?

Come on, that’s rad! At least tell me what your favorite Beach Boy song to play is.
The B-side of their album Today! is five ballads in a row and a pretty perfect listen.

Who’s your ultimate female musician crush?
So many. I fall pretty easily. But at the moment—St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, and Melody Prochet.

Would you cook for her or take her out?
Out on the first date. Cook on the second.

Where would you take her?
I really like The Hart and The Hunter. Dan Tana’s if I’m trying to get serious.

What are you making for us today?
A bastardized version of a traditional English breakfast. Roasted tomatoes, baked beans, sausage, bacon, toast, fried eggs and kale chips.

What can’t you live without in the kitchen?
You can do almost anything with a sharp knife and a heavy frying pan.

What about in the bedroom?
In the bedroom I’m pretty traditional, though I find everything that Fleet Ilya makes to be pretty sexy.

What’s your dating secret weapon?
The planetarium. I probably should have lied about this.

Would you let your crush beat you at backgammon?
I play fair but if she wins I know she’s a keeper.

How do you get out of the friend zone?
By taking her to the planetarium.

Your birthday is the day before Valentine’s Day right? That makes the date extra special for you. What’s your dream date scenario for Feb 14th?
Getting a room at Chateau Marmont and not leaving.

Where do you go to check out chicks in Silverlake?
It’s pretty hard to miss them. Especially near any yoga studios or Trader Joe’s.

Finish this sentence: Men just want… to be texted back.

What’s your motto? Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever.

Photography by Emily Knecht