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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.

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


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  Hobbyist Artist
Gian16 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amanda you're AMAzing haha, great gallery, your characters are VERY DYNAMICS! Nod 
travelingpantscg Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so very much!! :D
CindyAA Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your work is fantastic!
travelingpantscg Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Oh thank you SO much! :D
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Happy Birthday!
travelingpantscg Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much!!
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travelingpantscg Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
AAWWWW!!  Thank yoooooou!  Such pretty thiiiings!! haha
tarilli Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
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