This is me…
Ok that was me a long time ago. This is me now:
I was raised in Mexico part of my childhood until I was 10 when my parents moved to Florida.
I grew up playing video games and watching Saturday morning cartoons like many kids. Since I can remember I always loved to doodle and paint. I would often find myself participating in art contests and drawing for friends in school.
Fast-forwarding to high school I took some vocational classes on desktop publishing; learning to create letterheads, business cards and such. I loved the endless creation possibilities that could be done on a computer.
That’s when it hit me and I knew I wanted a career involving art and technology. The two just felt right and as graduation approached it lead me to finding a school that covered those areas.
After graduating from high school, I wound up in South Florida where my creative journey began at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in the computer animation program where I would learn the industry’s secrets on making cartoons and moving pictures. Little did I know that my passion for design and interest in animation would expand and evolve into something completely different.
In a nutshell, I got into Web Design at the booming of the Web 2.0 era. Back when Myspace was cool and you could sprinkle HTML and glitter graphics to taste. Anyhow, it started right when I was in need of showcasing my animation work and design capabilities. Knowing the plethora of resources available to build a site I dove in and took on the challenge to create my first online portfolio from tutorials. Yes, through the use of tables and inline CSS… don’t judge me. After successfully building my first site I fell in love with web development and the rest is pretty much history.
Many years later, I ended up in Tamarac, Florida working full time at Jazwares, a toy licensing company where I’m responsible for all of the brand’s websites and brand showcase reels. On the side I frequently take on freelance gigs and design jobs. In my spare time I like to listen to audio books, unwind in Gran Turismo Sport, and hangout with my wife and 5-year-old daughter.