The report card for this Year’s Resolutions which I set at the beginning of the year in the post “New Year’s Resolutions for an Animation Studio” is not the best report card I have received. While some of my priorities have changed I thought it would still be fun to look at the goals I was aiming to reach for this year as we come to the year’s end. While I didn’t achieve as many goals as I hoped I still feel this year has been a huge success. Just don’t show this to my parents since I might get grounded. LOL
Bink… Yes, this is the name I’m considering calling the cute creature in our animated web-series. Trying to find the perfect name is a very difficult task. It reminded me of when we were trying to think of a name for my son. You realize they will have this name for the rest of their life, so you want to find something that they will like. For a character you want to find something that has not been used before, but that only makes it more challenging. When you find a perfect name you have to make sure there are no other meanings that are less then desirable.
Tomorrow will mark a decade for me of living in California, so I thought it be appropriate to look back on my struggles & successes which brought me to where I am today. On occasion I have been known to write in a journal, and when I first moved out here I did not have many people to talk to. I ended up writing in my journal every night, and I read over it to help in writing this post. I’m really glad that I wrote down what I was going through, since it was an eventful part of my life. I don’t write in my journal as much as I used to, but this blog has taken the place of documenting my life’s journeys.
Happy Independence Day! Although not nearly as amazing, inspiring, and requiring as much courageous sacrifice that the men and woman of our country paid for the independence the United States won from Great Britain, this July 4th is also the anniversary of the official start of Eric Miller Animation Studios. While the majority of my celebrations today will be in honor of our country’s independence, a small part of my celebrating will be for the independence of the company I started a year ago today.
When I was younger, and decided I wanted to start my own animation company I wanted it to rival Walt Disney Animation. You have to love the naive imagination of a young boy. I might not have given up on those dreams, but the reality of the difficulty of the goal I set is more apparent.
Around this time a year ago I knew I was planning on leaving my job at DreamWorks Animation, and my last day was quickly approaching. I had been trying to figure out the best way to start my company, and I finally had a plan. It might have been a shot in the dark, but it at least had a chance for success.
Wow, last week was a crazy one! As I mentioned in my post last week I have been busy working on ways to find more clients and to build my business. I put a decent amount of effort into networking, blogging, and generally trying to get the business name out there. Sometimes I wonder if all the effort is just a waste of my time and resources.
Last week I had an opportunity pop up that I was excited about. How the rest of the week went I was not prepared for. One opportunity after another started to come in, and I found myself slammed trying to keep up with everything. I was also in shock that everything was happening at once.
I wanted to give a quick update on the progress of things. I have been spending all my time working on my website, but it is finally starting to take form. I have also been learning a great deal about web design. Putting my site together is a slow process, since anytime I can’t figure something out I watch YouTube videos for the answers. I started with the main page to get that looking the way I want, so I can then duplicate it to the other pages and change the content.
This weekend I attended my first Hollywood awards show. It was the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. I imagined it would be an unforgettable night of hanging with celebrities, and dressed impress. It was an unforgettable night, but I would throw it more in the learning experience category.
I have a lot to learn before I can consider myself a veteran awards show attendee, but overall I was still glad that I went. Let me share with you some of my experiences, and what I have learned.
It’s a new year, and a fresh start. In the past a new year was simply trying to remember to change the last digit or two when writing the year, but for the most part little changed. With the business it seems to be much more abrupt of a change, because of the way things are setup with the IRS. Closing out your books for the year, sending out 1099’s, and getting ready for taxes.
You may have noticed the beautiful artwork at the top of this page. If you remember from my previous post by the name “Logo“, I talked about how I designed my company’s logo, but eventually was going to get someone more talented to redesign it. Well, I was fortunate enough to get my extremely talented friend Jason Scheier to do the redesign as well as do this beautiful concept art. In the above mentioned post I talked about having a reoccurring vision, and that was where my logo came from. I never had the talent to bring it to paper, but I believe Jason did an amazing job at it.