What is your name and your current occupation?
Miguel Godinez, I work doing Freelance work and make YouTube videos.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I would have to say doing dishes at a restaurant.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Probably my first project that I did when I started learning Animation and that was a video for a upcoming Music Studio.
How did you become interested in animation?
Ever since I was little I was into drawing and as got older I just better at it. After graduating from high schoolÂ I didn’t know if to go to college for art or another field similar to it. So then I ended up making my decision when I realized that I liked cartoons like Dragonball Z and all this 3d movies and then wondered how they actually were made. Then Animation got into me after I was already attending college for game programming and realized that I wanted to actually use some of my creative ideas and art into it. Since thenÂ all I do is be practicing on getting better at it and by doing that I do videos for YouTube were I’m trying to put a name for myself.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Chicago, IL
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Coming up with different video ideas constantly and doing storyboards for them.
What part of your job do you like best? Why?
Looking at the final results of my videos or drawings and seeing people likening them.
What part of your job do you like least? Why?
When starting a new project because you don’t know how long it might take you, do to the fact that sometimes you run intoÂ problems.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
Most of my designs I sketch them out first then import them to my PC. Which then I have a tablet to do my 2d drawings. Â The software I most use are Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Flash, 3ds Max, and some Maya.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Just staying motivated since I mostly work on my own and it’s a lot of work for one person.
Describe a tough situation you had in life.
A long story short, I had dropped out from high school due to problems but we moved to a different house and then managed to return to high schoolÂ after almost 2 yrs that I had missed. Ended up graduating high school and now recently also graduated from College with my Bachelors of Applied Science in Animation.
Any side projects you’re working on that you’d like to share details of?
I actually have two 2d animation videos that I’m working on. One of them has to do with the new movie of batman that’s coming out and my other oneÂ is based on these two 2d characters that I had created which should be kind of funny. If you want to stay up to date with my latest creations and these two videosÂ I just talked about like my page onFacebook.
Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
I’m into sports so I play in a soccer team and sometimes create my own soccer teams to play in tournaments.
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
All I have to say is that never give up in your dream even when people tell you that you might get no where. I always tell myself thatÂ ” We only live once and even if I died trying doing something that I love, Well at least I can die happy knowing that I tried reaching my goal”