Trusting Your Intuition
I have been a stand-up comedian for seven years. I started on the east coast mainly New York and Philadelphia. I began to gain a local following and felt my ability as a comedian rising. This inspired me to act more and expand my comedy to other mediums, such as music and sketch. I taught myself how to play the piano and incorporated songs into my stand up act. Five years into my comedy career, I felt capable and was inspired to take a leap of faith and move to LA for more exposure.
A week before I was set to move to California I broke my leg. This felt like a huge blow to all of my plans and I was devastated. After two weeks of sitting in my bed battling depression, I decided that if I couldn’t use my body to be funny, well then I’d use my mind. I downloaded a trial version of adobe animate which allows you to control characters with the use of webcam technology. Similar to how the Nintendo Wii or Xbox Kinect works. I quickly became obsessed with the capabilities of animation and soon you never saw me without my laptop, sketch notebook, or I-pad working on new ideas. I developed a concept of clothes portraying humans very early in my dealings with cartoons. Then I learned a very important lesson in creation. A great idea is important, but having the means to pull it off correctly was just as imperative. During the recovery of my leg injury, I decided that in order to get better at the cartoon process I needed practice and a lot of it. I began the development of small shorts series that I would consider my practice shows. Shows that helped me learning story construction as well as principals of animation.
It was time to move to LA. Once here, I had no idea how I was going to get my cartoon on a network, I just knew that I had ideas and the world should see them. Being a stand-up comedian gave me a huge advantage by being able to connect with other like-minded creatives out on the stand-up scene. By meeting other comics, I found out that most people had the same problem I had. They had great ideas but no real way to bring them to life from an animation standpoint. Many motivational speakers talk about following your bliss and doing what you love means you’ll never work a day in your life. I only partially agree while I do think it’s a privilege to do what you love for a living, I think the optimum human experiences is when you find a passion that is also a service to others. To be successful, you find a problem in the world and fix it. I decided to fix the problem that most cartoon lovers, young and old, don’t really know what it takes to make a cartoon. I used my set back as downtime to learn a skill to bridge the gap between animated entertainment and the one being entertained.
Now after living in LA for two years, I’ve done dozens of independent projects for established music artists, well-known comedians, as well as commercial companies. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with other talented individuals. My partners and I developed the series we now call “Fitz”. We’re on the radar of some very big name networks like; Adult Swim, MGM, and Warner Bros, just to name a few.
The experience I’ve gained from trusting my intuition has taught me that things don’t always go as planned, but if you work hard and stay positive they work out the way they are supposed to.