About Us

About Hotdog N’ Bun
Husband and Wife creative couple, J. Eric Sandoval & Akane Sandoval, offer professional quality freelance entertainment industry services ranging from photography, non-linear video editing, motion graphics, and visual arts, to copywriting. They have worked as an outsource vendor for companies such as Planetwide Games on their Comic Book Creator product, and Paramount Digital Interactive on their VooZoo application with Facebook and Hook Mobile. Hotdog n’ Bun has an original product line of collectable teddy-bears that have spawned their very own stop-motion animation series titled Bear Republic Network with 23 webisodes now on YouTube and an actual television pilot and series in development. Each of these one-of-a-kind teddy-bears are based on original paintings by Hotdog n’ Bun that reflect life in today’s evolving social and political culture. Hotdog n’ Bun also offers professional headshot photography at reasonable rates in Los Angeles.

J. ERIC SANDOVAL: Head Hancho/Hotdog

J. Eric Sandoval grew up in Sterling, Illinois playing the violin, piano, and guitar; has been known to play a little mandolin and bass, and most recently has taken up a fond affection for the ukulele. If it’s got strings, Eric can have it figured out in no time. At 17 right out of high-school, he enlisted in the US Navy and served aboard the USS Dahlgren DDG-43 from 1990 – 1992 stationed out of Norfolk, VA. In the subsequent years he studied music and then left college to make his way to Los Angeles in 1996 to play music, living a colorful life best left to fiction until he met Akane Aikawa in 2003. The two married soon afterwards and together they started Hotdog n’ Bun as a t-shirt company placing t-shirts in various local Los Angeles clothing boutiques. Later he facilitated a position for Hotdog n’ Bun as an outsource vendor for Paramount Studios’ Digital Interactive Media department, working on various film, television, and video-gaming projects in numerous capacities.  Beyond his passions for film, television, and music, Eric is also a licensed real estate salesperson working with Westside Properties, specializing in multifamily residential income property sales and acquisitions in West Los Angeles, California. CA BRE: 01991251  His personal interests include geopolitics, social issues, and Socionomics.

AKANE SANDOVAL: The Big Cheese/Bun

Akane Sandoval came to the United States from Japan in 1998 intent on learning how to make movies. She went to college and studied film and radio production, but she switched majors when she got into UC Santa Barbara and got her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Studio. She and Eric met just before Akane graduated from UCSB in 2003 and they were married just six months after meeting. Originally, Akane’s painting style consisted of numerous paintings of beautiful women, yet she would always doodle and sketch little bears that were like people, making a bear world of its own. With geopolitics and general society being a consistent topic of discussion around the home, one day Akane did an elaborate sketch of bears in a totalitarian society ruled by fascist pig police. Eric said to her, “I think you’re onto something there.” Akane immediately went on a painting frenzy of the Bear Republic that evolved into a complete line of t-shirts, unique teddy-bears, pocket bears, and tote-bags to brand the Bear Republic Network. Together, Akane and Eric came up with an idea for a show designed for the small screen… The Smallest screen, where Bear Republic Network was born.

More fun stuff is coming soon!!