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Meet Isac Urbina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Isac Urbina.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Isac. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I never really considered pursuing animation as a career while growing up. Drawing and animation was just a hobby that I would do with friends or by myself. Through school, I was pretty good at math and science. However, I could never convince myself to go into a STEM career. Fortunately for me, my parents were supportive and I’ve been privileged enough to further my education in the arts because out of high school, I had little discipline. I spent a few years in community college honing my skill before I got accepted to Calarts, where I’ll be entering my second year in their character animation program.

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?
I’ve definitely had my ups and downs while on my path. For instance, like many college students, simply affording college has been a challenge. I have three younger siblings that all have their own aspirations and deserve the things they need, so asking for complete financial support from my parents is just out of the question. So, I’ve had to work part/full-time jobs and apply for financial aid to help afford tuition and other expenses, but I’ve always been able to make ends meet, which I’ve been grateful for. A recent struggle I’ve had to face is the devastating loss of my younger brother in a car accident. This loss came as a great shock to everyone that knew him, and it’s left a lasting sadness in our hearts. It’s difficult to keep going through life when a loved one’s life has stopped. Only recently have I been able to convince myself to keep pushing onward and share some of the stories my brother and I shared so that others can hopefully know him as I did.

Please tell us more about your art.
Right now, I’m just an animation student, but I’d like to get a job as a storyboard artist or director. I think what sets me apart from others are my experiences and the stories I have to tell. Honestly, I just want to make things that my friends and I would enjoy watching. I think that’s what drives me to continue making things that interest me rather than what I think people want to see.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I had a vivid imagination. When I was with my friends, you could usually find us making comics or shooting short films in the park with my parents’ old camcorder. I remember having the most fun in school whenever the teacher’s assigned group projects where we had creative freedom for our presentations. When that happened, all my friends knew that it was time to make another movie for homework. These were the little things that helped inspire me to make animation and motivate me to get where I am today.

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Isabella Urbina

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