Today we’d like to introduce you to Simeon Ellis.
Hi Simeon, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My story starts all the way back in kindergarten back in Cincinnati, OH. I remember it being one of those “let’s watch a video” day and one of my friends brought in a few recorded episodes of the Sonic the Hedgehog show that used to come on Saturday mornings. Something about it just inspired me to pick up a pencil and started drawing every day. Later on, all of my friends wanted me to start drawing pictures for them and I was known as that kid that can draw in school. When it was time for me to go to a new school, my parents took notice and thought it would be a good idea for me to go to an art school. Who knew that would lead to me wanting to be an animator when I grew up instead of a doctor? Yeah, they messed up, haha. From there, I found out that you could actually get a job drawing cartoons so with that love of animation, I went to the Maryland Institute College of Art. Finally, my journey led me to LA where I learned all of the animations is. I’ve been here for about two and a half years and one of those years was a COVID year, so I’m still kind of starting out.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
In all honestly, the road hasn’t necessarily been a hard one, but that doesn’t mean it was an easy on either. I have been blessed to have been able to have two great parents who have always supported me every single step of the way. Any opposition, unfortunately, came from an art teacher in high school. We would butt heads sometimes and it always seems unfair to me. There was even a year I took off from being an art major in school because she just made my year so bad. To be fair, I definitely learned a lot from her. However, it always seemed as though she was extra tough on me. Now that I’m older, I’m sure it was because she saw the potential and (allegedly) wanted me to do well. Some of the hardest times I have had has been here in LA. Moving all the way across the country away from all of my family not knowing anyone was a lot harder than I naively thought. Being a newbie out in this area and trying to break into the field comes with a certain set of tasks you need to complete in order to achieve your goals. One of those things going to mixers and constantly feeling like you have to sell yourself. For me, I tended to get burnt out and emotionally exhausted. There were times where I felt I just wasn’t able to do what I came out here for.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an animator that specializes in 2D animation. I like to try to tell a story that usually comedic in the animations I do. I’ve started to really enjoy doing looping gifs. I am most proud of the some of the animated gifs I’ve done for some of the music artists here. I think my eye of being able to find the humor in a situation really sets me apart from others. I’m all about making others happy and laughter is a great way to do that.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I think the characteristic most important to success is the drive to not give up. Throughout your journey, you’re bound to hear a lot of no’s but it’s never a failure until you accept it. Working hard and having the desire to constantly learn are also great characteristics to have as well. I think that those characteristics without the desire to keep going can only get you so far. With all three characteristics on my side, there’s no way I can lose.
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