Life has been pretty wild here lately. Several months back, I took a leave of absence from Animation Mentor because I got a new job in Grapevine, and needed to get settled into an apartment and learn the new job without overwhelming myself. Well sense then, the job didn't work out but the move has turned out to be such a huge blessing to me. Two months ago today, an amazing girl walked into my life at just the right time and she has made me the happiest I have been in a very long time. Her name is Jill, and I am so proud to call her my girlfriend. Not to mention, I have made a lot of great friends sense I have been here that I am so thankful for. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God had a reason for me to move to Grapevine; it wasn't a mistake. While going to school, I am working full-time for my dad as a salesman for his company, Atlas Portable Buildings in Fort Worth, which allows me to stay close to Jill. Speaking of school, I am so excited to say that I am starting Animation Mentor back up in January and when I do, I am starting back with a bang! I am going to work full-time to pay for school as well as to keep me where I am at, so it's not going to be easy, but as the saying goes, "Anything worth having is worth working for". Because I ended Class 2 at Animation Mentor poorly, and didn't pass it, I will have to retake it, but it's the best thing to be honest. That class is Body Mechanics...the foundation of character animation, so I need to make sure I have a solid understanding and grasp on that before I move on to the next classes. I am just so excited to finally get going again, and get back on track to finishing school. I still have a ways to go, and as it stands, I will be graduating the summer of 2013, but I just have to be patient. It will be well worth the hard work and patience when I get there and walking across that stage to receive my certificate in Advanced Studies in Character Animation with a professional demo reel under my belt! I got a little off course for a while, but I'm ready to jump back in head first and do the best I possibly can with my assignments! I didn't try as hard as I could have in my last class, but that is going to change this go around. This is a second chance. A chance that I am going to take complete advantage of and make the most of the opportunity!
By the way, if you haven't checked out the Animator Letters Project recently, then please stop by the site and read the recent inspirational letters that have been contributed by leading animators in the industry! Below you can listen to KCRW's The Business, talk about the Animator Letters Project and hear Pixar animator, Austin Madison read his letter of persistence on the air!