I QUIT MY JOB TO FOLLOW MY DREAMS...PART VIII

I am in my eighth month of making a living in the Arts.  The purpose of this blog is to keep myself motivated, on track and to provide knowledge for those looking to make a similar decision.

Animation Chico Josh Funk Director

GAINING SKILLS BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO

I think I’m finally settling into my new occupation and no longer look at this as an experiment but a lifestyle. Is it better to have a part-time job or be a full-time artist? I think the answer is really somewhere in between. The job I left paid well, had benefits, 401K, and the trappings up a comfortable life… but since it didn’t fit my skill set or align with my goals it was dragging me down. I stopped growing as an artist because how I spent my day wasn’t feeding me creatively.

It seems that everyday I am coming across something I don’t know. It might be a feature in Photoshop, or a new editing technique for a commercial. I now have the luxury of making the time to learn and enhance my skills because my job requires it. All of these small lessons are adding up and turning into knowledge that is at my disposal for future projects.

WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION

June was a great learning experience for me both professionally and personally as I struggled to find enough time in my day to be a father and also meet my many deadlines. Some days felt like I barely accomplished anything at all but I adjusted my expectations, learned how to manage my time differently and I’m now back on track. Every free second counts so I’m spending less time looking at my phone and more time appreciating my family and career.

Most of June was spent editing a feature horror film called Dolly Deadly. I have been involved with this project as an animator for a couple of years but just recently took over the editing responsibilities. My film The Spaceman won another award in The Accolade Global Film Competition, and I started an animation film festival called Animation Chico, to be held on December 12th at the El Rey Theatre in Chico, CA.

The highlight of the month (and year) was flying out to Salt Lake City with my brother Jordan to attend a huge Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror festival we were accepted into called FilmQuest. We met amazing filmmakers from around the world, did interviews with magazines and movie websites, and watched our creation in front of a new audience. My biggest take away from the festival was in understanding that there is a real future for me in film. I still have a lot to learn but I’m doing what I need to be doing.