Long story short, I’m no longer working at my former job making nutritional supplements and going headfirst into fulfilling a dream: studying for a degree in special effects animation so that I can one day get a career in storyboarding/character design for video games.
For the first time in my life I’m making my own decision in where to go in my life and aiming for a goal that I’m sincerely passionate about…and I’m scared beyond belief. There’s the practical issue of how I’m going to pay for a private education and live in South Florida without going up to my eyeballs in debt.
But bigger than that is a doubt that I can’t really share with my parents (who have been amazingly supportive, but it’s pretty obvious that they think I’m nuts to go for this)–
What if I can’t make it? What if I flake out, like I did before? What if I just don’t have the talent? What if things just don’t work out for me?
Still, being creative is a definite passion: I love writing and drawing, and worldbuilding and going into nitpicky details, and watching my characters blossom into real, living breathing people instead of just a collection of data in my head, so I’m going to tough it out and push forward.
But I’d love to have more people rooting for me in my corner, and I know that you lovely folks at the Dope are the most wonderful, supportive group I’ve met in a long time.
I’ll keep y’all updated on my progress (knocks on wood). So far I’ve completed about 1/4th of my degree, and class starts next week.
I think I can I think I can I think I can I think I can…