New Years Eve is always a time for me to ruminate on the year that was. This time, it forced me not to just look back at 2012, but at my entire career thus far. I've come to the conclusion that I have been one hell of a fortunate guy to have worked at the places I've worked at and meet the people whom I've met. What a journey it has been. After finishing school, I took jobs which didn't seem to have any relevance to what I would eventually want to do, but looking back they helped build the armour to weather many of the challenges I've faced. These jobs led me to a much clearer path towards my goals.
To have achieved my childhood dream is something not many are able to proudly say. This moment was when I got that call from ILM offering me the hard surface modeling position for the next Star Wars movie. From there, it was one surreal moment after another of going through that proverbial checklist in life, crossing out things from my childhood that transformed me into the artist I am today. Build the Tripod for the next sci-fi Spielberg movie? Check! Work on a Star Wars movie? Check! Build Shockwave, your favorite Transformers robot as a child? CHECK! The checkmarks kept coming. There was not a single day of working there that I did not forget the fact that I was among the film giants that I've held with such reverence as a kid. I absorbed their knowledge like a sponge. It would've been such a foolish waste if I hadn't.