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Meet Alex Lopez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Lopez.

So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
At one point, I thought I might be a marine biologist or maybe go to law school and be an attorney. But then, I read a money book by Suze Orman and decided it would be most financially responsible to go to art school. So, I did and became an Animator.

That’s exciting for me because growing up in small-town Texas, I didn’t realize that was a job. I spent my time reading Captain Underpants and using sticks as barbies. Luckily, I had supportive parents who gave me space to explore my interests as I wound my way through teenage angst, multiple degree changes, and into California living.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
For many reasons, some known and probably unknown, I spent many years denying that I was going to get older and face existential challenges.

In my early twenties, I had the terrifying realization that I was indeed alive and that I needed to form healthy relationships, find a job, and decide what color dish towels to have in my home. None of which are the easiest tasks for a nervous disposition.

Even though it took a lot of time to finally face the scary reality of personal responsibility (and inevitable failures), I’ve had a good time of it. I own moisturizer, I’m doing alright.

Please tell us more about your artwork, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m an independent animator with a focus on Goofery.
I use quick hand-drawn animations to deliver jokes on Instagram, recording audio on my phone and editing in iMovie.
When animating isn’t fast enough, I film myself speaking directly to a camera, riding anything with wheels, or running frantically through hallways dressed in a red tracksuit.
When making longer animations, goofs break up heavier depictions of messy relationships or people blundering through life as best they can.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m currently finishing my MFA in Experimental Animation at CalArts and perfecting my live comedy performance “Barbie Junk is Smooth”. I am also finally investing in dish towels!

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Image Credit:
Alex Lopez, Jihee Nam, Zach Dorn

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