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Mentor of the Day: Octavio Rodriguez

Octavio_test-shots011Welcome back to our fantastic long-time mentor, Octavio Rodriguez! Octavio is a story artist that has worked for a plethora of animation studios, and most recently for Pixar Animation on “Monsters University” and the upcoming “Dia de Los Muertos”! He is a well-respected and incredibly talented artist, and would be a great mentor for any dedicated aspiring story artist.

Octavio is looking for two mentees from anywhere in the world – he’s hoping to give them general career advice and help them improve their storytelling abilities. His mentees must be hungry to learn and willing to follow through with all assignments.

One of Octavio’s Spring 2013 mentees Marko Bajic told us what his favorite part of working with Octavio, “The thing I enjoyed the most was talking about the craft of storyboarding and storytelling with someone who has a great deal of insight and ability and passion for, our conversations invigorated me every week.”

When asked what he would recommend to potential future mentees, Marko told us, “Octavio has a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and is very easy to talk to. But you have to make sure to bring something each week and bring your A game to get the most out of the meetings. Octavio is also very good at giving a lot of input but encouraging you to do your own thing, so it helps to know what it is you want to do.”

Stephanie Stine, another Spring 2013 mentee of Octavio’s, has nothing but eloquent words to share about her mentor, “Octavio is at once both easy-going and intense. He is easy-going in the sense that he makes you feel completely at ease; he talks with you like you’re an old friend. The intense part comes from his passion to get you to become a great storyteller. Every week he pushed me to become better than I was the previous week.”

She also has some great advice for Octavio’s next mentees, “To anyone applying for a mentorship with Octavio–be ready to work hard! Be very clear about what you want to do with your time with your mentor–do you want to create a new storyboard? Or refine an old one? Also, if you’re going to create a new storyboard, I would advise going in already having two or three short stories that you would want to turn into storyboards. If you have an original concept–flush out the world and characters as much as you can as soon as you can. You’ll want to spend most of your time with Octavio drawing the boards for your story, after all!”

Stephanie recently became a Storyboard Revisionist at Film Roman, we are so happy that she was able to gain so much from her mentorship at Motivarti! Here’s some of Stephanie’s work from her mentorship!

If you’re going to San Diego Comic-Con from July 17th through 21st, be sure to stop by Octavio’s booth “G4” and say, “Hello!”

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