I’ve always been a bit of a dork.
I grew up watching anime like Beyblade, Ouran Highschool Host Club, Fruits Basket, and more. But before I discovered my fondness for animation, I noticed how much I liked figurines and stories like the ones from Precious Moments.
It was around seventh grade when I realized that I liked watching television shows that required tons of drawing to complete. I also watched movies like the Lord of the Rings, which became my favorite series of movies and still is to this day.
I had the tee shirts, the replicas, the posters, and all of the movies. I constantly spoke about the stories I loved, especially the characters. I watched videos about the production process of the movies and shows. I also watched interviews and behind-the-scenes programs that featured the actors. Because of this, I thought I wanted to pursue a career in acting. I even attended an acting camp at my local theater during the summer and met some great people there.
As the years passed by, my liking toward anything that involved a story line grew. Along with becoming a mega-fan of anime and movies, I also started to join websites that promoted the excitement these television masterpieces portrayed. This was when my dream of becoming an actor faded away into something new: I wanted to become an animator. I thought that I could help bring a story I created to life by forming the characters into detailed drawings. This dream flourished when I was in eighth grade. In fact, we had to complete a project for career day that involved the job I wished to go in to.
Most people did their projects on nursing or engineering, and I was the only one in my class to present a project titled “Multimedia Artist and Animator.” At this time, I had been practicing my drawing skills for about a year. I thought that one day, I would be skilled enough to design characters on my own. Although I still draw to this day (and I will post some pictures of my character designs), my dream of creating once again morphed toward the end of eighth grade.
Since sixth grade, I’ve always adored writing. I would often write in a miniature notebook a story about a queen who could rule over a realm of fantasy worlds. My love for writing blossomed when I began writing Her Prince of Dreams. This was when I knew I wanted to be a writer.
I am now in eleventh grade. I’m still as nerdy as ever, except I don’t feel ashamed of it anymore. I used to think that people would judge me for my liking of shows, but now I realize that what people think is the least of my worries.
Have a blessed week, everyone!