Like most kids, I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons. There was nothing like waking up in my favorite pajamas each Saturday morning with a bowl of sugary cereal, sitting an inch from the T.V. waiting for my favorite cartoon characters to appear on the screen. I would wait patiently with my sketch pad in hand, and draw along with my favorite shows. Years later, when I realized that there was a special team of artists called animators that were responsible for putting those cartoons out and creating such fond memories for myself and countless other boys and girls like me around the world, I knew that was what I had to do. Now, in my 20’s I carry a sketch pad every day and never stop pushing toward that childhood goal of making cartoons.
When Walt Disney created his school of CalArts, his intention was to train the next great generation of animators to entertain the world over. Today, CalArts is the top school for animation art, and has harbored some of the world’s best animators. My hard work and dedication ultimately led me to the animation powerhouse of CalArts, which in itself proved a difficult feat. Upon sending my first portfolio, I was rejected. Only after my second time applying that my dream of attending CalArts was finally realized. Now, I am a sophomore and closer than ever to achieving my goal of inspiring and entertaining the next generation of children all across the globe.