Five years, has it really been five years? It's been that long since I was 18 years old and settling into my new home in downtown San Francisco. Now I'm 23, the school year is over, and in one week I'm going to walk across the stage as a graduate of the Academy of Art University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Development. I'm going to miss being a work scholar for AAU's Illustration department more than words can express. These past couple of final weeks have been a nonstop whirlwind rollercoaster ride of emotion, stress, and more emotion; lots of tears, both good and bad. I can't believe some of the things that have happened. I also worked myself sick; but I am recovering well.
This year, in our annual Spring Show - AAU's biggest art exhibition, in which judges select the pieces to display - I have seven - seven! - pieces! Last year I only had two. The year before that, I had one. I have worked hard to improve as an artist and as a worker. I've broken down, celebrated, cried, cheered, had moments were I felt hopeless, and moments where I felt unstoppable. Nothing has come easy. I'm still ecstatic about it. My efforts are paying off.
More has happened besides that. On the morning and afternoon of Spring Show, something happens called Industry Preview day. A selection of students from different majors are chosen by their departments for a day of job, internship, and so forth interviews with a wide range of companies and studios that come to AAU that day to meet us. I am incredibly excited to be among those chosen for this opportunity.
There's even more good news. Some companies are bigger than others - and they have a different selection process, and a separate, private interview room. I received an email from my department saying that, among others, I was selected to submit my portfolio to one of these companies, for a chance at being chosen by this company for a job interview. I will admit that when I saw who the company was - I don't want to reveal it yet, but it is a major - MAJOR Feature Animation Studio here in California
- I felt like my chances were pretty slim at scoring the interview, with that kind of competition. But I submitted my portfolio anyways.
Well, a week passed, and honestly I didn't even think about that application because I had so much else going on. Then, last week, I received the news, news that I'm still processing in my mind because I just can't believe it: I have an interview with them!! WHAT!? I just kept repeating that to myself. WHAT!??? OMG. Needless to say, I cried! I was at work, and I just started crying at the news. When they figured out what the heck was happening, my coworkers and even our director of Illustration were all sharing in my excitement and gave me hugs. Is this really happening? Well yes, it's happening next week. And whether or not it leads to a job, the fact that this studio wants to meet me is all I need as a confirmation that everything I've been doing for the past years will, in some way, pay off.