Akira's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

AKIRA THOMPSON

3D Animator and Designer
Framestore

“If you're unsure, try as many things as you can. Don't be afraid to fail.”

INTERESTS:

Art Design

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Hard Work Passion Perseverance Hobbies & Pastimes Failure Focus Values Experience Exploration Choices Planning Inspiration Instincts Talent Success

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

art, artist, computers, confidence, discouraged, drawing, expectations, failure, failures, focus, hard work, improvement, passion, patience, persistence, starting out, studio, success, talent, work hard

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up in a small town in New Hampshire.
  • Did his undergraduate studies in studio art at Skidmore College.
  • When he was a senior in college, he took a class in 3-D animation.
  • He'd thought that computer-based design was more for a smarter set, but that class proved him wrong.
  • That semester-long class was his only exposure to the field, but he sought out a computer design job after graduation.
  • He began freelancing for Framestore, then was eventually hired on to the staff.
  • In 2013, Framestore won a host of visual effects awards for their work on the film Gravity.
  • Says that the key to success is putting yourself out there and trying as many things as you can.

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