How time has passed.
I have many things going on right now, which I shall tell.
College is the first priority right now. If I get good grades this semester and apply early then I shall have means to fulfill my dreams (in part).
College is connected to my goals/dreams very closely (as it should be). I'm applying to BYU Provo and BYU Idaho as well as University of Connecticut and possibly some other schools.
I've decided to study art education as a major, with a minor in Illustration or fine art or animation (haven't decided yet!), though my mother keeps prodding me to have a major in just normal education, like English which I love, where I can get my hands in multiple sections of curriculum for high probability of getting a position in a school system. I haven't decided yet which age group to focus on because I'm awesome with most all ages.
This endeavour shall be the foundation to my dream (Now a goal! Wow I've come far!!) of breaking into the film business and becoming a concept artist or something fancy like that. But with much pondering and advice I've realised that the film industry is the 15 story in a building and you've got to bust inside with a bunch of materials you've prepared, like a grappling hook, a crowbar, your black sock hat, a snack, a ladder, maybe an accomplice. But I think the most valuable thing one can have is someone on the inside of that building who can either open the window for you once you've climbed up, or they can help you not to get kicked out once you've gotten in.
You know, New York Comic Con was a great opportunity for that type of stuff. Although but a brief moment in the grand scheme of things, I was able to meet and converse with a couple of grand people who are on the inside of that building. At this point in life I'm at the bottom, yelling up.
"Hey! You! Can anyone hear me up there? Is there any way I could get up there?"
They yell down,
"The elevator is broken, you have to climb up through the window here!"
You know, that's enough to make someone give up. Such a high height can't possibly be scaled! And how do you even know you've climbed high enough? But getting there is possible.
In New York, I learned something important. People are people. The Weta folks are some of the nicest human beings I've ever met. They probably have a magic "nice ray" that zaps them into being the coolest, most friendly people on this earth. Or maybe it's just the happiness radiating from New Zealand's soil. Who knows. But it just strikes me that such influential people like Sir Richard Taylor can remember that it was my first convention, hours after he had briefly spoken with me, AND had talked to hundreds of other people the whole day, then continue to chat about how far away I live from New York and his terrible jet lag and cramped hand. That is cool. But Richard was far from the only nice person there. This one woman basically said that she's expecting to see my name in movie credits and that I HAVE to come to NZ! To that I say, Dad?! Why haven't we gone yet? ? It's just too cool how everyone might have recognized me after Paul's yell across the table that I had written a letter, because that one woman did know my name (but I didn't ask for her's!!!! )
I don't know
I'll stop raving
Anyway guys, there's some other awesome lessons I learned at Comic Con.
From Paul Tobin I re-realized that it takes tons of practice. If I ever stop drawing, I won't progress. I've decided to draw every day, for real (before it was just teeny bits), because every day I don't draw something is a day wasted, it's a step back from where I want to go.
Also, from Paul I got the bit of advice that I need to draw people, because people are hard.
So I hope that was as useful for you as it was for me!
Oh gosh I forgot a ton of stuff
I am now an officially licensed driver in the state of Connecticut, USA! It took me long enough... For the longest time, driving was not my priority, but I think I should have just done it because now I can go to art classes and such without my parents having to drive me.
Also my neighbour knitted me a huge 20 something foot long scarf based on Tom Baker's scarf from the classic Doctor Who! Best $80.00 I've spent in a while!
Well, have a wonderful day or night!
Hopefully you haven't gotten the false impression that I'm totally ready to be an adult...