SmugCat’s core staff consist of people who gained experience fansubbing in other groups, but for one reason or another decided that they would like to carry on their love of BD anime elsewhere. We all enjoy anime a lot and don’t want subbing to feel like a chore.
The guest stars and casual staff are people who are friends of the core staff and are kindly helping out, or are here to contribute towards a series they would like to see receive BD treatment. For example, an encoder may want to do Series X but their own group doesn’t want to do it. What do they do? Bring it to SmugCat, where we’ll never turn down a series in need of a BD release. We might even buy the BDs ourselves if the BDMVs aren’t available!