Lately I’ve been playing a bunch of Mega Man 9 on my Xbox. That’s right, the crazy people at Capcom released a game in the style of a 1989 action platformer just last week. The whole experience is so reminiscent of my childhood that it brings with it a wave of nostalgia taking me back to the days when games were simple, extremely hard, and 8-bit.

It makes me think about my inspiration for my chosen profession. As a gamer since childhood, I’ve always wanted to work in a technology-driven industry. Couple that with my genetic penchant for art (thanks Dad!) and you’ve got the makings of a digital animator waiting to happen.

Now that I’m at DDA, I get to gain experience in creating web-based Flash applications, interactives, games, and 3D renders for clients. I’ve learned a lot about coding, 3D animation, different 3D programs, and website design in this past year and a half or so, and I’m definitely all the better for it. This is the fulfillment of my childhood dream of being in the computer entertainment industry (it wasn’t called “digital” back then!) — and I can’t think of a job I’d rather have.