It's what I wanted to study in the first place, but finding the courage to seriously consider it as a career took me a while. I finally decided to go for it - and since then I've been doing freelance illustration, preparing my portfolio, and generally trying my best to improve in preparation for an animation course I'll hopefully begin in Dublin next year. It's a big change from the path I was on, but I'm so happy I made it.
Aside from that, I like to spend time swimming, seeing friends, playing (mostly retro-ish) videogames, internetting, reading, and engaging in all sorts of other action-packed, involved pursuits - for example snoozing, and narcolepsy! I'm excitement incarnate*.
*Disclaimer: this is not, in fact, true. I once made a tortoise pass out due to boredom.
Movies; As you might expect from someone who wants to get into animation as a career, I love a whole load of animated movies! Some of my favourites include Kiki's Delivery Service, Up, Paperman, and The Secret of Kells. I like plenty of other movies too of course, like… Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, (500) Days of Summer, Moonrise Kingdom, Memento, etc.
TV shows; I'm a big fan of Black Books, Parks & Recreation, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Father Ted, Adventure Time, Breaking Bad (I can't believe how poorly Frankie Muniz has aged since Malcolm in the Middle! Maybe it's the facial hair), Gravity Falls, Arrested Development, Look Around You, and a few more!
Music; Oh wow do I love music. This list could get quite out of hand, so I'll try to restrict things to my absolute favourites. Alphabetised for your viewing convenience! Arcade Fire, The Beatles, Björk, Boards of Canada, Bright Eyes (and any associated groups), The Cure, David Bowie, Death Cab for Cutie, The Dresden Dolls, Emilíana Torrini, The Faint, Feist, Fever Ray, Gorillaz, Helios, Ladyhawke, M83, Metric, Modest Mouse, The Mountain Goats, Muse, My Bloody Valentine, The Naked and Famous, Nine Inch Nails, Plumtree, Pomplamoose, Radiohead, Regina Spektor, School of Seven Bells, The Smiths, Squarepusher, Sufjan Stevens, Tegan and Sara, Warpaint, The xx, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 65daysofstatic.
In brief; I like relaxing, ambient, often electronically embellished music, frenetic, rhythm-heavy, rock-rooted music, and everything in-between! For further insight into my sonic sensibilities, there's also my Last.FM profile! I also sometimes like writing some music of my own, and I play the violin, drums, and love to sing (though, um… my proficiency with these different means of sound production varies from vaguely tolerable to utterly excruciating)!
Videogames; Wait a minute… this wasn't one of the categories specified in this section's header, was it? Damn right it wasn't, but I'm just going to include it anyway! Such is the extent of my anarchic, path-forging, untameable rebel heart. Here's a selection of favourites: Banjo-Kazooie, Beyond Good and Evil, Castlevania, Chrono Trigger, DDR, EarthBound, Eternal Darkness, Final Fantasy 6, Golden Sun, Half-Life 2, Kingdom Hearts, Kirby's Dream Land, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Metroid Prime, Paper Mario, Perfect Dark, Pokémon, Portal 2, Professor Layton, Project Zero 3, Resident Evil, Rock Band, Shadow of the Colossus, Silent Hill, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario 64, Super Metroid… lots of games, really! Though, I'm actually quite picky about what I play, since I generally dislike anything pointlessly, depressingly violent.
Food; Hmm… provided it's reasonably healthy and not comprised of, like, squid intestines, I'll probably like it! I'll eat meat sometimes, but left to my own devices I tend to avoid it… it can make me feel a bit icky with its occasional visible veins, and whatnot.
And, um… the various cellular respiratory processes and squishy organic bits-and-pieces that keep my body going, I suppose!
This may cause me to stare at your feet a bit, but I'll probably compliment your excellent taste in footwear as a result (particularly if you're wearing nicely-coloured Converse), so, yay! That's a great style on you, seriously.
Anyway, I'm not the boss of you. You go do whatever it is that makes you feel awesome about life and your part within it! If that includes writing me a message, then by all means feel free to do so! …provided it's not because you want to say cruel but factually accurate things about my face or how generally unviable my existence is, because that'd be mean.