GOODBYE AMERICA: MOVING TO ASIA TO ANIMATE!
Hey all, for those of you who dont know, I’ve been working out this deal for the last 7 months and can finally say that I’ll be officially leaving America indefinitely. I move the 3rd week of next month.
I’ve been hired by top animation studio JM ANIMATION STUDIOS in the glorious city of Seoul, in South Korea.
JM ANIMATION STUDIOS are responsible for work on some of my favorite American and Japanese animated projects like: Avatar: The Last Air Bender, Wonderful Days, Fist of the North Star, Noein, Macross Zero, Hellsing, Count of Monte Cristo, and currently producing Season 3 of the Peabody Award-winning series “The Boondocks.” It really is a dream come true to finally make it overseas and work alongside some of the production crews of animes I’ve come to love over the years.
Those who’ve known me will know that this is something I’ve wanted to do since I’ve arrived in Hollywood a very short 5 years ago. Having been blessed with the opportunity to move upward and work at groundbreaking animation studios like Sony Pictures, Cartoon Network and currently Warner Bros Animation studios, I’ve learned a TON in my short period of time here in California and I’m looking forward to taking what I’ve acquired and build upon it and grow even more with the exceptional overseas talent.
My arrival at this studio is especially important because although it is not uncommon for foreign artists to work overseas in Korean animation studios because they are usually attached to an existing project from said country, this situation is unique because I’m not attached to any company working there. I’m pretty much the first American to be plucked from the states to be hired specifically to work in-house at a Korean animation studio. It’s exciting, but at the same time also a lot of pressure. However I’m confident that I will do my best. Hopefully I wont be the last. I’d like to thank everyone I’ve met In California during my short stay here. Those who have helped me in my quest to better myself, force me to think more, challenge myself, be prolific, step outside my comfort zones, put up with me and tell me when my shit stunk. I thank you. To my friends and family back in NYC and FLA who continue to love and support me, thanks so much and love you guys!
It will be different, to say the least, living in South Korea: adjusting to the culture and the language among many other things but if anyone who knows me, knows that I’m all about meeting new people, forming new friendships and stepping outside my comfort zones. They also know that I might be the only one crazy enough to do it because they know I love the craft, at least enough to uproot myself yet again to pursue it. I’ll be sure to keep everyone who shows interest in my wacky new chapter in life in Asia posted. Thanks for reading this and I hope you all are getting closer to accomplishing your goals and pursuing your dreams and taking chances in this short thing we call Life!
* PS: MY GRAPHIC NOVEL IS STILL A GO *