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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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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018
...a very happy birthday to you miss...hope you're having a totally rad time...=3
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
A few days from today, the history books show an entry.  An entry of mystery, and portent, as the great powers came down upon the Earth, and, in accordance with the wishes of the mighty King Kong, granted the world a boon.  That boon was you.  And lo, let it be said to all that you are to be wished a Happy Birthday upon that day, with the most excellent and amazing of cakes to partake in! :D (Big Grin) Have your cake and eat it too
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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017
...the happiest of birthdays to you awesome artist....hope your special day is filled with joy...=3
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
History records that, just days from now, a tremendous upheaval took place as the ground cracked and broke apart, tornadoes spun counter to their nature, and even Godzilla bowed as you appeared upon the Earth to grace us with your art. And so it is wished upon you to have a Happy Birthday on that day....and a most excellent cake. :D (Big Grin)  Have your cake and eat it too
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xy174j Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Love  Love Your gallery, great Fun!
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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
...a very happy birthday to you miss...=3
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Mairelyn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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Hope you have a Wonderful Amazing Day Today! :icongwompplz:
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
In a short time hence, may you have a most happy birthday, for that is the day that you descended upon the Earth in a shower of lightening! :D (Big Grin)  Also, have delicious Have your cake and eat it too that day!
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