Work in progress drawing and quote from one of my favorite comedians, Eddie Griffin.
At CalArts University, on March 24th, I did my first live workshop in over 2 years. The topic was an incredibly important one that every art graduate has asked themselves when suddenly they found out that making it in the arts full time, isn't as easy as they thought it would be. Students were given class exercises to help them chart the path that they want to take in their careers. They were given tips on how to amplify their freelance opportunities as well as tasked with writing some goals and clear action plans on how to achieve them. It was a highly interactive, insightful experience that everyone (even non-art majors) walked away feeling more empowered and focused. I am uploading a snippet of what will be a full-hour presentation that will be available via Vimeo on demand. If you are interested in renting a copy of the full presentation, please contact me.
This weekend I had the privilege of hosting a one hour workshop talking about the steps involved in creating an animated short film. I took the audience from concept to completion and really emphasized the importance of story telling.
Awesome podcast interview on the background of Heroes of Color. Mr. Lyons had just started his podcast series and I was his first recorded guest! Great honor, great interview. Listen and enjoy.
During an interview in 2021, two high school students from Santa Clarita, CA interviewed me on Heroes of Color, it's intent, my purpose and about the type of work I do. It was a great interview and gave me an insight into what some students are experiencing in high school and how creating more intentionally inclusive content does make a difference.
Honored to have done a 3-Day Workshop for the Walt Disney Company in September 2022. I wasn't able to post anything for awhile, but now I am able to post this trailer. It was an incredible experience and reinforced how much I love the work that I do. To be able to educate and use my animation as a tool to do is such a privilege.
Last night, I gave my College students a powerful, inspirational 2-hour presentation. If you know any artists, creatives who want to freelance or become creative entrepreneurs, please share this snippet with them. This lecture is from a complete workshop series I developed on the business of freelancing.
We all have heroes – whether they are our parents or the Caped Crusader. But - especially for kids - it’s important to have a hero that you can look up to AND relate to. Artist, David Heredia wanted to make sure his kids could read about heroes who looked like them, so he took matters into his own hands and ended up with Heroes of Color.
During the end of my NALAC workshop on sharing tips to artists learning about entrepreneurship, I shared one of the most important habits of growth. Networking and all that it entails.
Telemundo's English youtube channel produced an amazing 22 minute episode discussing the journey of artists with a mission! It was an absolute honor to be selected among the group of art advocates. I just cut my piece out, but if you want to see the entire segment, please click here.
Heroes of color is an instructional video series honoring the achievements of people of color in and out of the military.