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So, I was drawing at work yesterday (I'm now at WB btw, yay!), when I just looked down, startled, and thought, "This is what I wanted it to look like."  I suddenly couldn't fathom how that had happened.  Like I don't remember when I got to the point where someone tells me their idea, then I'm able to sit down and just MAKE THAT THING.  I remember being someone who couldn't figure out how to do that, and I acknowledge being the me I am now, but where were the two bridged and when did I cross?  This whole week has kind of been like that - me thinking about the person I was when I joined this site and the person I am today.

On that note, lemme take you back to a journal entry from August 2007, essentially at the start of my second year of USC (I was getting a Master's in Comm. Management):
"My career counselor at my school (which btw, I feel, MUST train its employees to dissuade bright-eyed students from having any ambitions outside of the SPECIFIC interests of the program), says to me in our FIRST meeting in more than a little condescending way when I tell him I'm interested in animation, 'Well, ya know Amanda, animation is a REALLY difficult field.  You'd have to be really dedicated.  It takes a lot of hard work and time.'  Thanks pal.  And here I'd been using a pencil to pick my nose all these years."
Aside from the questionable sentence structure, haha, this was really kind of interesting to revisit.  You've come a long way, past-me.  But I'm sharing this to emphasize: do what you effing love.  There I was, six years ago, getting a degree in something COMPLETELY different and heading down a completely different career path, but the heart wanted what the heart wanted.  And I could go around busting the balls of that poor counselor, but ya know what?  He was right.  I wasn't focusing on the thing I said I wanted to do.  I was just kind of wistfully hoping the universe would catch a glimpse of my warmest, fuzziest desires, and take a chance on me.  

I had to take a chance on myself.  I had to "be really dedicated."  I had to put in "a lot of hard work and time."  I'm just glad I decided to wake up and push forward.

Do this for yourself with whatever you want most.  Be really dedicated.

Love.
  • Listening to: The 1975
  • Watching: really bad rom coms YES

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Amanda Jolly
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
United States
Character Designer/Visual Development Artist
Current Residence: Southern California
Favourite cartoon character: Stitch
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CAMP1234 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
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Gian16 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amanda you're AMAzing haha, great gallery, your characters are VERY DYNAMICS! Nod 
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travelingpantscg Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so very much!! :D
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CindyAA Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Your work is fantastic!
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travelingpantscg Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Oh thank you SO much! :D
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Happy Birthday!
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Thank you so much!!
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Hope you have a Wonderful Amazing Day Today!
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travelingpantscg Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
AAWWWW!!  Thank yoooooou!  Such pretty thiiiings!! haha
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