Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyle Anderson.
Kyle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I feel like too many of us are prisoners in our own minds. We base our actions on our fears and our insecurities instead of our visions and our dreams. I would be making stuff anyway because I just can’t get enough of it, but if I can use it as a tool to empower others to become aware of their own potential then that becomes something far more special.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s never always a smooth road, is it? For me, I tend to struggle with the criticism of others. I don’t want to disappoint anyone so it becomes challenging to make myself vulnerable in the way I need to to make this work really shine. Seems my greatest weakness is a consequence of my greatest strength. These days I just focus on feeding into the positive side of things which is essential that I view people and the world objectively without sacrificing my vision for something greater.
What are your plans for the future?
I noticed that people tend to look to things outside of themselves when something has gone wrong in their lives and try to fix that thing instead of taking an honest look at what’s going on inside of themselves. My plan is to find the best avenues to show people through entertainment and education that if you understand and guide what’s going on inside of you that you can create the life you want. I’m open to what comes to me beyond that. I have some ideas though.
Right now I’m working on a project with the Illinois Library Association, develop the artistic design for a little game called the Adventures of Chris HD, working on my webcomic series, Earth Men, teaching gesture drawing at a company called A.L.Ex and practicing Tai Chi at the Dharma Health Institute. Each of these things helps me to move towards that goal in some way or another and whatever I do next will have to be something that does the same. Maybe when I get a couple more dollars in my pocket I’ll get a monkey. Who knows.
Let’s go backward a bit – can you tell us about the most trying time in your career?
While working at Pavilions in Hollywood I once removed a pair of dirty panties from a loose shopping cart at 6 AM on a Saturday. I’ve done several other odd jobs with similar stories like that just to make ends meet. Although I enjoy my work it’s not unusual (just thought of that Tom Jones song when I wrote that) for me to work 12 or 14 hour days, which often times means that I have to say no to a lot of stuff that sounds like it would be a lot of fun. But the hardest part is that through it all I’m still relatively unknown and it sometimes feels like I still have a long way to go before I even begin seeing my vision come to fruition. I’ve gotten through it in the past and continue to get through it in the future through little victories and through my unmistakable knowing that I’m experiencing something special.
What about “Wow-moments” – any moments that stick out? Any moments when you felt like you had made it?
When I first moved out to this crazy city I just wanted to make cartoons. I studied 3D animation at an online school called Animation Mentor largely because I was told that you can’t find a job as a 2D animator or a character designer. This year I was officially hired to do character design and 2D animation on the game I’m still working on now. And things like this happen to me all the time, really. I’m very lucky. Also, I’m a really good listener but I’ve learned to listen to myself above all else.
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