Now that we know what the journey is, let me tell you where I’m currently at. In order to do this I will have to rewind a little first. I mentioned earlier I went to school at the University of Toledo to study animation. Although I’m very happy with my time there it might not have prepared me as well as a school here in Los Angeles might have. The animation program was really just one animation class, and it was saved for seniors. The rest of it was graphic design and web design courses. After my first semester I was able to prove to my instructor that I was ready for the senior animation class, and took it my second semester. For the classes final project I made my first animated short called “ChessMate“. It was a story about a chess pieces that came to life after the people left. The king did not appreciate what he had (his queen), and after seeing the other queen and her fallen king he got an idea. His greed to have more then he needed left him with nothing. After taking the only animation class my first year I ended up with nothing to move up to. I talked with my professor, and he basically created a class for me. It involved me coming up with another idea for an animated short, and then spending the semester working on it. Since I was going beyond what they taught I ended up having to teach myself. This turned out to be very valuable to me, since it forced me to figure things out on my own. I had to think outside the box to find better, faster ways of getting it finished. It also taught me to set my own goals, and milestones. At the end of the semester and many hours of late nights, and many computers rendering my shots for weeks I was left with my second and final animation I would do in college. I called this animation “Mediocrity” and it was about a creature that was not happy with his current life(I’m only now starting to see a underlining theme in my projects). He imagined his reflection in the mirror had a better life then he did, and thought if he could only get to that other side of the mirror things would be better. In the end he realized that he has to make his own life, and take action in improving the life that he has instead of trying to live someone else’s life. After college I moved back home to Canton, Ohio with my parents to get things in order before making the move out to Los Angeles.