In September of 2013 I set out the goal to blog more often. In 2012 I participated in a 365 art challenge which I blogged throughout its duration. When 2013 was coming to a close I realized that I barley devoted any time to this site. Before I could really get a grasp on consistent blogging when I did decide to start, there was an unexpected death in my family immediately followed by being let go from my job. That December after taking some time to grieve, I told myself that I will only apply for employment or internships within my field. By January of this year I was a Programming intern with New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF). It is safe to say that this internship permanently enhanced my life. In college I took a History of Animation class instructed by Howard Beckerman. This class gave me an in depth understanding and a real introduction to animation outside of America. Interning with NYICFF granted me more exposure to international children's entertainment. With all of the content I was seeing I was inspired to start blogging again. When September came around this year I re-relaunched the blogging aspect of this site and have been consistently posting every Tuesday for 3 months. Through this I have grown as an artist by pushing myself to create artwork for each post as well as strengthening my writing skills.
2014 as a whole has brought me back to the animation world closer than I have been since graduating college (granted my progress has all been accumulative). This year I got to meet various industry professionals, artists, participated on projects. I've improved as an artist and I can see the progress. I've improved as an animator. I received so much valuable advice from my mentor in California and other people during CTNx. Last year I just wanted to contribute more in 2014 than I did in 2013. For 2015 I am looking forward to being a working professional in a studio, maintaining this blog and further developing personal projects as well as collaborating and of course to continue learning and growing as an individual.
I wish you all a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your support!
Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source - a Sower of Dreams - just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. -Sarah Ban Breathnach