Drawn to Life: Animation for Future Audiences

Scholarship Entrant: Kristen from Vacaville, California
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Kristen: 1

Since my junior year of high school, I have dreamt of becoming a concept artist in the animation industry. Throughout my childhood, I recall fond memories of coming home from school and watching the television screen flicker to life at the press of a button. Cartoons were all I wanted to watch, and I grew up alongside the likes of the Teen Titans, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and numerous other amazing and often complex cartoon shows. Movies were not excluded either, as I could quote lines from countless animated films with ease. My love for animation has only blossomed further; even as a sophomore in college, I swoon at the beauty and artistry of animated films such as Tangled, and a more recent favorite, How to Train Your Dragon 2. I want to touch future generations with animation in the same way that it has touched mine, to be a part of the group who makes stories come to life. More importantly, I want those stories to be worth watching. I miss the cartoons of my childhood, where humor was not dumbed down for children, where deeper themes were presented, where there was something to be learned. I miss animation that teaches lessons and morality. I look at some of today’s cartoons and shudder to think what children are gaining from it, if anything at all. Where is the heart of these shows? In a generation where the television is often practically babysitting children, what are they watching?

Vote for Kristen: 1

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