When I was in high school, apart from drawing in my notebooks a lot, played a lot with my PC and learning design and 3D animation software. I started with the basics quite well, and slowly started learning more complex software. More than anything I was self-taught using internet tutorials to learn a little of everything. I also worked as a web designer and I learned to make animations in Flash, but very basic.
The most successful was my short Sebastian's Voodoo, but my personal favorite is Origami, since it was my first short film that was shown at festivals, and the first with which I got awards. I do not intend necessarily to have a fixed message in every short, they are mostly comments and ideas. Although there is an environmental side in two of my shorts, they have a point of view or political end, they are simply inspiring images and visual poetry.
Since I live in Los Angeles, I personally never had any encounter with sexual orientation discrimination. Of course there is discrimination, but not much where I frequent. As always, discrimination has almost exclusively a religious origin, either with the Christian majority in the U.S., or the Catholic majority in Paraguay. I think at least in the U.S., a big change is coming now because most of the people that discriminate against gays are a past generation and the new generation is growing up with a much more open point of view.
Usually I go to the gym bright and early here in Disney, and when I finish my exercises I go to my office, where I spend most of the day. Much work on the computer, many meetings, and then back to my apartment. My boyfriend is currently studying in the state of Wyoming, which is far away, so usually we chat for hours on Facetime. On the weekends, I do play video games and indoor climbing in a specialized gym for climbers.
It is always difficult to be apart for long, and if it were not for having a very strong relationship, it would have been very unlikely to work. He will be there for several years, and at the most every month or two we can see in person. But then, almost without fail every night we chat and see each with Facetime, and make our vacation plans together. We both knew well that our careers were important and that we would support each other in situations like this, instead of being selfish and lose opportunities to go ahead and learn more.
We have no fixed plans, but it is a possibility. I really do not care about the ceremony or anything like that, more than anything it would be a way to have the rights and benefits that married couples have. The compromise between us is personal and I think that the government or laws have nothing to do with it, but the issue of benefits is important (health, taxes, hospital visits, inheritance, or simple legal recognition).
No thanks, we prefer cats. I am terrible with kids, I have no experience, nor talent, nor the will.
I regret having put black olives on my lunch yesterday, but other than that, the truth is that dwelling in the past with regrets is not a very healthy way to face the future. Even in bad projects, bad relationships, bad decisions, you end up always learning and growing, and all that has happened made me the person I am today. And if there's something you want to change, you can change it today.
My goal is to direct big-budget featured films here in Hollywood, animated for the time, but perhaps in the future of live action. The Oscar is always a good motivator too. And in my personal life, when my boyfriend leaves school I would move in with him in a house, have a few cats, and be able to travel together. We both love to travel and experience new cultures, and our vacation we try to discover new places.
In many places being LGBT is no longer any impediment, and to be successful in the career that you want just depends on the motivation and commitment that one makes. In Paraguay there is quite a lack of resources for learning, but on the Internet you can find everything today, and learn at least the basics and that is where it begins. And my recommendation for all LGBT: talk to your friends and family if possible, and let's make this generation build momentum and recognition for the end of discrimination. It starts with the people we know personally, and there it starts spreading.