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Eric Bravo: Profile + Interview

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Eric Bravo: Interview

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Hurry, before it’s gone!

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

A young kid who’s trying to pursue his dreams

Why do you do what you do?

I kind of fell into the animation industry, but I’m really glad I did. I initially wanted to get into the music industry and was lucky enough to get an internship at Warner Bros. Records, which lead to an internship at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. During the latter internship, I learned about the Animated Short’s Program in which I pitched a 2-minute cartoon short as a writer and managed to make it to the executive level, but did not get selected. The following year, they asked me to pitch again. I couldn’t come up with anything for the longest time so I decided to re-work my original idea and pitch that. A couple of days before the pitch meeting, I had a feeling I should try and writer another script, just as a back up. So I started writing and in less than an hour, I made “The Outsiders.” I pitched that and now I’m making a 2-minute cartoon short with Nickelodeon that has potential for pilot.  

As for photography, I took a course at DreamWorks about HDR & night photography, which launched my career. After work I would go out and shoot San Francisco, go home, and edit. I never stopped since. I write and shoot photography because I love doing them.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I guess I answered this in the pervious questions.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Graduating school. I went to UC Santa Cruz for my first two years in college, then UC Davis for my last three years (yes, I was a SUPER senior). I think the school system is not made for the artist in mind, and that’s why it was so tough for me. I remember I did a lot of complaining on how I should just drop out, BUT I’m really glad I didn’t. I had to use school as another means, not really the education part, but for the social and experience part. I was able to travel aboard to Madrid, Spain for a couple of month where I met the most awesome group of people there! And that’s where I also channeled my creativity. If I never went to school, I would have not known about these internships at Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, or DreamWorks. Through these internships, I was able find a couple of hidden passions of mine. At Nickelodeon, I found out I like writing and at DreamWorks, I was able to take photography courses that inspired me to go travel the world and shoot. These newly discovered passions helped me get through my last year at UC Davis. It was my light at the end of the tunnel and I knew if I finished school, I could pursue them.

 

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

Not anyone in particular. I listened to a lot of rap/hip-hop growing up and I honestly learned to follow my dream through different artist talking about how they followed their own dreams.  

I hope so! I try to inspire my girlfriend pretty often. I tell her to follow her dreams every chance I get! But giving inspiration to someone is hard because not everyone lives the life I live. I can’t tell someone, “Go pursue your dreams not matter what!” What if they are helping their family out while barely able to pay they own rent and I just told this person to quit your job and paint. They would have lost everything. I do try to be inspiration for people as an example or a model. I hope people can pick apart my success and mistakes and apply it to their own journey. I’m an open book so if anyone wants to chat, you can reach me at info@eric-bravo.com.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Not realizing you can do whatever you want, right now, at this very moment. I always knew I could, but never actually applied it. There are so many resources out there online on YouTube, Lynda.com that teach you exactly what you want to learn. You don’t have to wait to pursue your dreams and interest; you can do it now.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

My cartoon short with Nickelodeon is currently in the works (you can follow my blog to find out the air date). I have a photography book project titled The City(E)Scape that should be out by mid 2015. I am also working on a music project that I might release very, very soon (not a lot of people know about this one).

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Exceed everyone’s expectation in everything you do, in life, work, in general. People will start to notice and good things will start happening to you :)

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

I’m just as lost as you are.

Eric Bravo: Profile

Full name

Eric Bravo

Age

24

Place of Birth? (city, country)

San Francisco, CA

Where you live now? (city, country)

San Francisco, CA

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Both from San Francisco, CA

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Creator & Writer for a Nickelodeon cartoon short called “The Outsiders” / Photographer

How long have you been doing it?

<1 year

Fav Song

It changes depending on my mood, but as of right now, it’s “You’re the One That I Want” by Lo-Fang

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Kanye West

Fav Movie

Blue Valentine & The Place Beyond the Pines

Fav Actor/Actress

Leonardo DiCaprio/Scarlett Johansson

Fav Clothing brand

Uniqlo

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

James Turrell / Henry Lee / Wes Anderson / Jabbawockeez / Richard Estes

Fav Sport to watch

Baseball

Fav Sport to play

Basketball

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