I have been thinking a lot lately-- especially since Stephen Silver gave his lecture at LCAD (and since Larissa has been my teacher, but she has worked with Stephen Silver so they basically have said the same things)-- about what I want to do with my life and specific goals I want to set for myself. I'm not super familiar with the entire animation process yet, but I think the way I am swinging is towards story. That's where it's always been for me really. I'm a writer. When I try to see myself in the future, I see myself writing, and that is how it has always been. But also stop motion, because the more I think about it, the more I like it, and the more I want to do it. I dunno if I'll be any good at fabricating puppets, but we'll see. Anyway, I've been thinking more and more how I can follow in the footsteps of professional entertainers and writers I most admire: Tina Fey, Doug Walker, Felicia Day. Even Jenna Marbles has been super inspirational to me these days. Mostly, I want to be in charge of my own future but also part of a production group and the production process. The most obvious thing to me feels like starting my own business or studio...or something. I've had it in the back of my mind for a long time now, but I felt like I should officially put it down on a list finally.
So here is my list of professional and artistic goals. I don't have a specific deadline in mind to achieve most of these things (although some do require me to do while I am in school). You never know, maybe I'll go travel around South America for awhile, or maybe a studio will want to hire me to work after I graduate. I wouldn't turn that down--it'd be a good opportunity to get to know how things are run. I don't mind starting at the bottom. These are just the eventually's I suppose.
-Get a story internship at Pixar (and if it can't be Pixar, then somewhere else.)
-Learn the stop motion trade
-Make a humorous and outrageous stop motion senior film--something that I could never do under another company
-Start an internet media/entertainment/youtube channel/company/studio thing
-Surround myself with competent and talented people
-Give animators the opportunity to develop their own short series
-Give filmmakers the opportunity to develop their own short series
-Develop my own short internet series. 1 animated and 1 live action. Write, produce, and star in both
-Become totally internet famous and inspire and entertain other people
-Optional: Get into the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship. It's a long shot, but I'm still going to try.
Things to work on the get these places:
-Write often: keep at my blog, and also produce a few spec scripts. Also finish the unicorns novel
-Acting practice: Start an improv club
-Get LCAD to get a stop motion class
-Take a summer business course?
-Learn how to record and edit videos (get a video camera)
-Practice lots and lots of storyboards!! Storyboard sequences from my writings- both my blog (real life experiences) and my fictional stories. Also storyboard live action sequences that I enjoy. Storyboard anything! Just do it-- a lot.