What a year it's been. I arrived here in Portland just over a year ago and so much has happened. We moved to a new city on a whim, I started my career in the animation industry, and we welcomed a new member to our family; my beautiful daughter Eliana.
I've had the opportunity to work with amazingly talented people on some pretty awesome projects and everyone's made me feel at home and part of the family. I can't say enough good things about this place. It's a hidden gem, and i hope it stays that way.
Busy as I've been, or perhaps comfortable in achieving the first on a long list of career goals, I've gone a bit stagnant artistically. I haven't been drawing as much as I'd like to be. I haven't been working on my own animations as much as I'd like to be. When i first got here i was still working on some personal stuff, and i did manage to get a new reel out that included some new personal and professional work, but since the birth of Ellie, I've been pretty lazy artistically.
I know, I know. 'You just had a baby!' you might be thinking. But here's the thing. In my industry, there's always room to learn and improve. It's a competitive industry too so if you're not always pushing yourself to get to the next level, you might be passed up on the next contract.
Recently I've been in touch with a great studio that sounds like they may be interested in me. The very fact this studio has contacted me is crazy and lit a huge fire under my ass! In some ways as an animator you always feel like you're tricking people into thinking you know what you're doing, but it's not even that. It's this; If this studio is even willing to entertain the idea of investing in my artistic potential, then it's my responsibility to live up to that. It's my responsibility to keep pushing myself to be better.
So I'm going to. I'm going to start drawing again everyday. I'm going to start up the Pose-A-Day stuff again. And I'm going push myself to be the best animator i can be. EVERYDAY.
Animator, artist, musician and all around pretty awesome guy.