The internship is a year long, and is at Leo Beltran's School of Animation and Visual Wonder, a tiny school owned by the titular Leo and his wife, April. They are super sweet and really sold me on the idea of coming to their school to intern, even though the internship is unpaid. Leo loves my art and is excited for me to learn animation from him and teach his students what I know about drawing and character design.
For the past few years I've watched and prayed for an opportunity like this. Not exactly-- I didn't expect India-- but I'm jazzed to grow as a person and learn about another culture, as well as grow as an artist.
I'm confident this experience will benefit me artistically, personally, and spiritually, if not financially.
And that's the rub, isn't it? The cost. Rent and food will cost $500/month, and the internship is unpaid. That’s $6000, not including airline tickets.
But I’ve weighed the pros and cons and decided to go anyway, which says something about how much I believe in this school and this calling.
If you’d like to help, I’d like to build this whole adventure on a foundation of prayer. Please pray for my safety and emotional and spiritual health. Pray for Leo and April Beltran, the heads of the school, and pray for the students and that attendance will grow.
Pray God provides the funds for my trip, and if you feel so inclined, visit my gofundme page.
If you want to stay up-to-date on the specifics of this journey, including my deteriorating emotional state, bookmark my wordpress blog, or follow my twitter, where I’ll be posting links when I upload big entries.
Thanks in advance, and God bless.