Tuesday, January 9, 2007

In the beginning...

I am working on a project in Portland right now. I like the city very much and it has a personality all its own - different from Los Angeles. There's a sizable "green" culture here. People are concerned about the quality of the water, etc., but the tapwater in Portland is delicious. Try drinking from the tap in L.A.! I had a visitor at the studio today from Los Angeles. A recent grad from my alma mater CalArts (Valencia, CA). The alumni association has a mentor program so this was my mentoree (there must be an official name for this). We toured the studio and talked about his career goals. He met with Human Resources and he submitted his samples. I remember my mentor, Lee Blair, arranging a visit to Disney studios for me when I was just a sophomore in high school. What a dream come true it was to visit the studio that I had read about so much in books and in periodicals that I hunted down in my hometown library! I was able to meet with Eric Larson and get a tour of the studio. Now I feel like I have "paid it forward".

9 comments:

BJ said...

Actually, it's "advisee", Fred.

Just FYI.

BJ

samacleod said...

That's sound great. I'm actually in my final year at CalArts, wonder who you were sent. I had five good friends intern up at Laika this past summer. Oregon does sound like a nice place to live.

Teacher's/mentor's, to me, are the most valuable things in life. Good luck.

Fred Cline said...

Thanks Sam, I checked out your blog portfolio - what an amazing artist you are. I can't believe a student did that bear film - the bear animation is out of this world! You should have no problem getting a job when you're done at CalArts. You apparently have picked up the CalArts habit of a nocturnal lifestyle - you posted at 1:30am!

samacleod said...

Well, we just had a baby so my wife and I are up around the clock! And thanks for the compliments, I need 'em. Being a senior brings many fears I hadn't anticipated. Keeping my fingers crossed ;)

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