Happy National Teacher's Day!
Blue Sky crew members reminisce on the most valuable lessons they've learned along the way from their favorite teachers and professors. Check it out!
“My first screenwriting teacher in college taught my class that developing artists must study a variety of subjects and seek out all kinds of life experiences--not just those that relate to their art. She said that curiosity and experience were essential for art and storytelling. If you only studied writing, then you wouldn't have anything to write about.” -Suzanne Egan, Materials Production Assistant
“Like most art students, I struggled with burning the midnight oil and yielded no results from lack of inspiration, or got caught up on very last minute details. In other words, I procrastinated. Instead of writing me off as a lazy college student with a severe case of senioritis, my illustration professor believed in me and was instrumental in helping me find my focus. I remember one specific piece of advice that not only applies to art but in all facets of my life. She advised me to start at the hardest point. Whatever task was the most daunting, or causing the most anxiety...get it out of the way first. This helped me stop procrastinating because I no longer feared putting off whatever pain-staking step was waiting for me at the end. Her advice brought joy back into every project, as the end of an assignment became something I looked forward to working on. I now apply this advice whenever a task feels unnerving; it has become a pretty useful life hack!” -Kaitlyn Jorge, Assembly Production Assistant
"My 8th grade science teacher, Mr. Steinmetz, constantly told us, 'Life is bigger than Bricktown! If you want to yodel for example, even though it’s not popular in this area, you should go for it.'
Also, when frustrated while animating, T. Dan Hofstedt told me, 'If it was easy, everyone would do it.”' -Steve Orsini, Animator
"I had a digital marketing professor in college who played Bob Dylan’s ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’, before every class. However, I didn’t know that until the second class because I showed up 20 minutes late on the first day, which started us off on the wrong foot. I was pretty embarrassed and kept to myself the first few weeks of class until one morning he made copies of an article I wrote for my column in our university’s student paper and handed it out to the class. The article was about networking, something we had discussed the day before. He said he liked my article so much he wanted to use it as a part of his syllabus! By pulling me back in and making me feel as if I could contribute, I felt more engaged and became more passionate about the subject matter. In fact, it’s a part of what I do now at Blue Sky! He taught me that sometimes you ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’ (the newspaper article) and go the extra mile to get the encouragement and support you need.” -Chloe Esposito, Executive Assistant/Social Media Coordinator
"The 5 P’s. Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.” -Bruce Anderson, Producer