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.