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Meet Scott Flanders of Tar Pit Studios in Seal Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Flanders.

Scott, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started teaching introductory level digital art classes at the San Diego Super Computer Center in La Jolla right about the time I was ready to graduate from the art department at CSULB. I was also running an arts program at the Boys & Girls Clubs in North Long Beach. I knew teaching was a good path for me after my first workshop in La Jolla. I felt especially alive. The weather in San Diego was amazing that afternoon. I knew I’d used my time well on that day. From that moment on I’ve let that feeling drive much of my decision making in regards to my career choices. I’ve always felt the same way when I am sculpting. Making things with my hands. It’s inherently meaningful. Because I’ve made something real. It’s there right in front of me. I can turn it over in my hands. It can be gifted to a friend or loved one, or smashed to pieces with a hammer. I like that.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road. I’ve gotten myself into some serious trouble a few times. I’ve broken bones. Lost both love and money. And I’ve learned a lot. I’ve become a father. That wonderful, sobering fact has changed my life for the better in every way imaginable.

A large part of my personal struggles have been related to anxiety. I struggle with a form of severe social anxiety which has been challenging to manage. But I have made efforts to prevent it from controlling my life and decision making.

In general, my life is a good one. I feel very blessed to be where I am at.

Tar Pit Studios – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are a creative incubator and visual development house. We are Artists. Being a part of this team is a lifestyle. We specialize in comprehensive world-building for entertainment. Games, film, apparel, and brand development. The good stuff. Supplementing and developing intellectual properties. Playing in other people’s sand boxes and building our own. We’re working on our own projects, and helping others with theirs. We’re having a great time. Keeping things as authentic and real as we can amongst one another. Supporting each other as we grow as artists and as people. We’re having a real adventure everyday we’re together.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Telling one of my managers what I truly thought about him as a leader. While exercising restraint. And then leaving that position. Speaking the truth to this person was one of the most liberating and empowering experiences of my life so far. It was the kind of thing that left my soul singing internally.

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