Last week I attended The World Animation and VFX Summit which was held at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. While it was my first time attending it was actually the 4th year the summit has been held.
I have been to a few different conferences now, and I found this one to be very interesting. The reason I found it to be interesting was because its attendees were mostly producers, executives, and/or founders of animation companies, so all the discussions were geared towards topics I was interested in. Most events I find are either for artists in animation, or producers in live action films, but not producers for animation.
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.
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A Decade Living in California, the Struggles & Success
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This last Tuesday marked my “Ninth California Anniversary”. On July 29th nine years ago I drove into the state of California starting a new life in The Golden State. Every year on my “California Anniversary” I reflect on where I was at in my life then compared to where I’m currently at. When I moved out here I did not have a job, and only had a temporary place to stay on the bedroom floor of a friend from high school. I had no experience in animation, and none of the studios I applied at would even give me an interview. It was very scary back then, but also invigorating. I left everything that was familiar and safe to start something new, and it was an adventure. Those feelings I had 9 years ago, are very similar to the feelings I’m having now. This last year has been a huge change for me, and nothing is familiar or safe. We bought a house, had a baby, I got a new car, left my job, and started my own company to name the big ones. I hope that this year will be another step forward, but I know that sometimes you have to take a step back to get a running start.