I had a job working as a designer for my good friend from College. He works as a contractor and he specializes in interior design of specialty shops, boutiques and homes. It was only him as my boss and me as his draftsman. I would spend hours in front of our office computer working on floor plans and interior perspective renderings. I also call up suppliers to ask for quotations. My boss would then take me with him to the construction sites of our projects as well as to his client meetings. We would also go around town shopping for construction materials for his various projects. It was an enjoyable experience for me; I was learning a lot and meeting new friends.
But I disliked those activities. My boss knows this. In fact, he wanted me to break out of my shell and be more outgoing. He was training me to become a good architect and interior designer just like him. It was not all drafting and color rendering in Architecture, he stressed. I needed to learn people skills in order to at least excel and succeed in my profession.
I hugely appreciated what my good friend was trying to instill in me. Oh, I did learn a lot! But anytime we go out on our site visits or go around town to shop for materials or meet with clients in some fancy restaurant, my mind would wander back to the office and to the floor plans and perpective drawings, in various stages of completion, that I leave behind. For some strange reason, I enjoy doing those things more than meeting with people or doing other stuff that contractors needed to do. I wanted to just draw, draw and draw.
And so during one of those rare moments when we were not so swamped with work and the construction business sort of cooled down, that I started to evaluate my career. Do I want this? Yes, it is so fun to work for my friend. There’s money to be earned here too. I get to meet people (and some pretty girls, too) and all that. I do have a degree in Architecture.
But then, all I wanted to do was draw.
Thus, when I saw the ad from Fil-Cartoons, my mind was made up. I needed to get out of this Architecture business and go to a place where I can really enjoy doing what I like doing a lot.
That event happened in 1999. I went to Fil-Cartoons, filled in an application for “Animator”, and anxiously waited for a week before I got a call from them telling me to come and take a test. This must be it! If I make this happen, I would be saying goodbye to a career in Architecture and to an entirely new world in the field of Animation. If not, well, I have my good friend to fall back on.
But before I can truly say goodbye, I still needed to take a test. And that would need another post.