Today was my orientation at my dream company. I can’t believe after four years of applying religiously, being told to give up by people who should have supported me, the two extra years of study in LA, and wanting it SO DAMN BADLY, I finally made it to Disney. I’m only an intern, but that’s OK. I’m here. And to everyone who feels discouraged pursuing your dreams—don’t stop. Make it your only objective. Live it and love it and breathe it and worship it and you will become it. Feeling down and lost and discouraged is normal. Overcoming it and getting back on the path is the achievement. Now it’s time for me to work hard and prove myself, and most importantly, inspire. Thank you, lucky stars. Thank you! (at Walt Disney Studios)
My good friend from college finally got her dream. In those days, she was one of the very few people who understood what I wanted and how I did art. In an Fine Art mind-set, it was often hard for somebody like me who suffered many critiques in favor of commercialized or simply animated (or comic book) style. Some people get it, some don’t. And understandably, I may have been ignorant at the time for choosing an Art Studio major at said school instead of an Illustrative and Animation specialty like CalArts. Point being, my friend Carlie knew and understood what I was going through come critique time. Since then we’ve kept in touch and thanks to social media, have had access to each others’ latest artwork outside of graduation. I’ve said it once before, but she is one of the few people/artists I know that motivate me to keep doing what I’m doing. With every new post, comes a renewed strength (and friendly competition ;) ) to keep improving my style. There are those of you out there, and I thank you. I have drive to keep pursuing my dream of becoming a Walt Disney Studio Artist. I work everyday of my life to get better and improve my portfolio and career. I go to hell and back and it’s all thanks to God and my wonderful girlfriend that give me hope every single day. Seeing my old friend from college, who has shared similiar viewpoints and overall love for Disney, finally get her dream job makes my heart warm. I’m excited and I’m motivated. It’s not just a pipe-dream anymore. My friend is living proof in my life that it can happen. Congratulations, carliefornya! I’m so happy for you!
And go follow her and find her on Etsy and all the social platforms! She’s a great artist.
There’s that quote from someone idk who, that says "If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find that great things happen for you, to you, and because of you."
And I swear, its true. I have had NOTHING but my eyes on Disney since 2010. It’s what made me want to study art. I loved art, but I didn’t know I could do something with it until I met Disney employees and went to the park and discovered: creative people are working and thriving out there. Naturally I was one of those kids that grew up on Disney movies. My mom almost put me in acting classes because I could recite the movies down to the pronunciation of each line of dialogue. In college I wrote papers on Disney princesses, the establishment of Disneyland, I even made my own art history course dedicated to Disney Feature Animation. I went to the open houses and conventions; I volunteered and networked and befriended and borderline stalked. I followed twitter accounts of employees and fans to stay in the know of the company’s happenings. I OBSESSED over Disney. I made it my life. Plain and simple.
Did it take me a long time to achieve this dream? FOUR YEARS. Four years of working poop jobs and blowing through my savings and taking extra classes to get better and learn more and make myself eligible for every opportunity possible. MANY, MANY times I was so mad I didn’t get a phone interview, or a call back, or any response at all. Many times I thought my art was THE WORST and I AM NEVER DRAWING AGAIN but after I threw down my pencil and left my desk for a week, I couldn’t help but come back.
I still have a long way to go. I will always have to improve. True artists know that they’re never good enough. They continually need to improve. I will forever need to improve. But I hope that if I can at least instill some hope and inspiration and encouragement in others, like dereknochefranca and remind them that it if you hold onto your goals, and stick with it even when you’re done and over and you quit five minutes ago, you’ll get there. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but you will. Always when you least expect, and sometimes in the 11th hour! If it can happen to me, it can happen to you. I’m waiting for you dereknochefranca!
NEVER. GIVE. UP.
Super proud of my friend. Go get ‘em.