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Mentor of the Day: Octavio Rodriguez

Octavio_PAGE04One of our most sought after and highly recommended mentors is back for another session with Motivarti! Octavio Rodriguez is a stellar Story Artist currently working at Pixar, most recently on “Monsters University”, and he comes with years of feature and television animation experience under his belt. He is looking to mentor two talented young artists from anywhere in the world!

One of his Spring 2014 mentees, Fill Marc Sagadraca, was recently hired for DreamWorks Television as a Storyboard Revisionist. We are so proud of our former Motivarti Mentees and we love to hear about their experiences during their Mentorship. He told us, “Octavio has a vast range of storyboarding experience. He told me a very personal history of his experience starting out leading to where he is now, an unintentional lesson on how to thrive in the animation industry which I believe is just as important as the skills and techniques required to be good at the job.”

Fellow Spring 2014 mentee, Melody Cisinski, also speaks highly of her mentor, and talked about what she learned from the mentorship- “I’ve learned many many things from Octavio. He is a great teacher. [He taugh me to] put a lot of emotional stuff in my storyboard. He forced me to go out of my comfort zone, to tell stories from my own souvenirs, and to push it deeper than I could have imagined. It is very unique. It was extremely interesting, and I couldn’t learn that fast by myself.”

Octavio is looking for hard working aspiring Story Artists that are excited and ready to commit to the ten week program with as much energy as possible. If you are ready to learn about the challenging world of storyboarding, and gain an understanding of what it takes to succeed in the animation industry, Octavio will be a perfect Mentor for you!

Check out some of Octavio’s work below and his tumblr here!


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