Happy & Sad Dreams

Hey friends,

Sorry, this blog has been inactive the past month or so. I’ve been prioritizing other projects and IGOTAJOB.

Not saying what this job is at until I’ve finalized paperwork…mostly because my brain is still telling me that it’s not real even though I know it is. It probably won’t feel real until the first day of work which is coming up on March 13. In the meantime, I’m moving to New York City without a place to stay and lots of craziness as a result. Well, that’s not entirely true…I have family in Connecticut that is letting me crash there for a couple days while my dad and I go apartment searching. After that, the only plans are to make an Airbnb reservation for the rest of the month. I leave for the city this Sunday, March 6th. Life has gone from 5 mph to 100 mph what feels like overnight.

To say I’m excited is an understatement. I’m absolutely terrified too. But the good kind of terror. The kind of terror that you just are so excited to pursue that you’re running at a cliff full speed with only a very thin bungee cord and a very brief safety talk. I’m so unprepared but so ready to spring at this opportunity. Life is going to be insane for the next month and I will be updating this blog as much as possible.

I’m thinking about daily uploads here again. Ones that function similar to a journal so that I don’t forget all the little details and moments of the move and memories I’m about to make. I am so ignorant right now of all the business and movement New York City is going to hit me over the head with, but I’m so excited to try my best and live there.

In other news, a sad one, some of my childhood is leaving me. My favorite video store, The Video Station is closing. It hurts like hearing a friend has passed to know that my weekends will never again hear “Can you pick up _____ film/movie/tv show from the Video Station?”

It’s a relic that shaped my childhood, my dreams, inspiring me, and gave me a goal I didn’t realize I had. I want to design title sequences at some point during my art journey and the movie magic love comes from this place. I owe The Video Station for teaching me about stories. It’s a library of artistic moments that have shaped some of the stories I tell today. My dad said it sadly, “I will no longer look forward to Friday evenings.” It’s true. Every time I’ve left Boulder some of the things I miss most are watching videos and TV with the family, eating dinner, and going for walks with the pets and my mother. But crowding around the TV to watch a film my dad grabbed from The Video Station was always something I loved. Fresh popcorn (not that microwave kind), green apples, blankets with the lights low all huddled on the couch to anticipate the film found on the shelves of this place.

It’s sad to hear, not something unexpected, but sad. I’m sorry that it happened and some part of me wants to find a way to fight back, but I’m not sure how. How do you bring a video store back when everyone wants convenience? I’ll admit Netflix is easier to watch sometimes, but it’s never had all the titles I want to see. There’s no charming surprise of a title there, just algorithms that tell me what I’ve already seen in a different form. I’ll miss the recommendations and the charm of browsing, finding that story I didn’t know I wanted to watch.

To The Video Station, Thank you for giving me a foundation of stories to live by. Horse films that I rented out constantly, horror and sci-fi I couldn’t get instantly from Netflix, foreign films I’ve never heard of, and stories that bring me joy. Thank you for being here and I’ll miss you greatly, old friend.



Almost Done

-yawn- Lettering all done for the Startup Weekend Post. Just need to edit the writing and post it here as well as Medium. I’m gonna save for the morning due to sleepiness.

Spent today walking in the snow and handing out resumes. I dislike the process of online job applications. I found myself enjoying walking up to people and handing a physical copy of a resume to them. It’s easier to gauge a reaction and if the workplace will be fun and encouraging. I have to do a couple follow-up emails, but I can tell you that there are a couple places I would prefer just based on the engagement with people. This surprises me because those are the places I thought would already have help for the holiday season and would turn me away.

I’m doing that yawning thing so time to tap out. Here’s an entertaining video to watch.

I’m jealous of their rhythm and basketball skills.

Animation Inspiration 61 | I Want A Job Edition

Since I’ve been working on my selfi (aka find-a-job) animation I’ve been looking at some other people’s internship and job application mographs. I thought I’d share them with you so you can see some of the thought process going into my current project. I hope to have more for you to see tomorrow.

Tiny Ant | By Bee Grandinetti

Giant Ant did say yes, but she was denied her visa to Canada. :C I love the song aspect and all the different examples of her love for the company. If I had any musical talent I would make a song too, but sadly those skills are long atrophied. This is cute and I have the song stuck in my head after watching it again. It’s got lovely illustrations too. Very adorable. ❤

Holà! | By Guillaume Mégroz

I love this one because of how minimalistic and straightforward the animation and designs are. I watch this on repeat frequently and it’s one of the videos that inspired me to take on my project. Also the other animations he has are great too.

Hello Buck | By Jonas Mossesson

This one is great because of all the different aspects to the piece. I love that he seamlessly integrates his reel into it too. I also like that he uses his own voice to narrate the script.