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On Monday, I had a great opportunity to work with some young students from the Tokyo School of Anime / Tokyo Film Center School of Arts. www.anime.ac.jp
What a treat it was to see so many eager, excited and passionate kids pursuing their dream. I worked with a friend of mine listening to their auditions, coaching them, and learning from them; all with a translator to help us out. As a voice actor, writer and artist, I'm always looking for ways to increase my creative reach; and this was something unexpected that literally fell into my lap and turned out to be one of the great days of this year. The reason I even mention this is that art comes in all different forms; and it's any means of expression or communication that moves you, changes you, interests you, or makes you think. Keep making great art!
On Monday, I had a great opportunity to work with some young students from the Tokyo School of Anime / Tokyo Film Center School of Arts. What a treat it was to see so many eager, excited and passionate kids pursuing their dream. I worked with a friend of mine listening to their auditions, coaching them, and learning from them; all with a translator to help us out. As a voice actor, writer and artist, I'm always looking for ways to increase my creative reach; and this was something unexpected that literally fell into my lap and turned out to be one of the great days of this year. The reason I even mention this is that art comes in all different forms; and it's any means of expression or communication that moves you, changes you, interests you, or makes you think. Keep making great art!
I'm honored and humbled to have been one of the lucky chosen few to be part of the DA Alley Interviewees at Comic-Con this year. Please enjoy, and feel free to ask additional questions. You can find it in my Favorites or on the Deviations page for *techgnotic, who is the one behind all of this happening! Thanks as well to *dollwithagun for making the interview so much fun!
I would just like to say the fact that the camera info appearing next to deviations is incredibly cool, that they know every detail about it, down to the date; and the same information is also more than a little disturbing.
This is hideously embarrassing, as someone who's more than familiar enough with technology and a Mac user since the dawn of time (unless work circumstances forced me to use anything else) and only JUST TODAY learned about the '2-finger technique' to scroll down. Let the mockery commence. Just one of those things.

This got me thinking about all of these very basic, some slightly more complicated, life skills that would have been far more beneficial to learn in high school in lieu of things like Algebra, Geometry, and a few history classes which were entertaining at best but only serve me when I'm playing Trivial Pursuit.

I would have been thrilled had they required us to learn things like:
*Balancing checkbooks. An easy one, you'd think; but some people still haven't grasped it yet. As much as I love online banking, you still can't beat a paper trail for cross-referencing.
*Changing a tire and/or oil. Critical. AAA is a godsend sometimes, but for something like this you don't want to have to pay a service station.
*Filling out tax forms. There's still time for schools to implement this. I can't think of a single person who hasn't had to do this and sometimes, you have no idea what the hell you're doing. Or at least, I didn't.
*Unclogging a sink/plunging a toilet. You laugh, but people still don't know how to do this. The sink is not as easy, I realize; but takes only a bit more cajoling.  But I've had more experience with the latter than I'd care to remember; I worked in a hotel. Not even as a housekeeper. That's what happens when the staff has gone home and a guest has issues with both bowel control and being completely clueless after hours.
*Making calls to customer service of any kind and being clear and firm as well as kind. DMV, EDD, phone companies, the cable companies (lord help me) etc etc etc. Does this really need further explanation?

I'm sure the list could go on and on. And will. But for now...I need to think about what other life skill I'll use tomorrow, or even later. Hopefully, I won't have to figure out how to remove fibrous wallpaper without leaving a terrible, rippy mess that will require even more work later. Home Depot FAQ? Brilliant.