We had the good fortune of connecting with Blaine Burgos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Blaine, how do you think about risk?
I encourage taking educated risks and getting out of your comfort zone when it comes to advancing one’s career. Throughout my journey, I have always saved, studied, and prepared before making an informed decision on the risk I want to pursue so it’s not entirely making blind decisions that lead nowhere. For example, I have turned down a few art director jobs that pay well and would give me a comfortable full-time opportunity but I knew these positions would not make me happy and would deter me away from what I want to achieve. Instead, I took various contract jobs that although were riskier, were the kind of work I knew would get me closer to a career in the entertainment industry. Moving from NY to CA to be a part of this industry was also a risk but I was confident in my skills and was prepared to take on new challenges to be in a field I loved.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am excited every day to be working as a concept designer at Lucasfilm Animation and contributing to the Star Wars universe. I’ve always loved Star Wars as a kid and now getting to contribute to the story is a proud and exciting moment in my career. Before landing this opportunity, I wasn’t sure where exactly my skillset could land me so, I took a variety of design jobs. These experiences expanded my skills, but I would always continue to work on my portfolio because I knew I wanted to land in animation. Getting to work in the animation pipeline has widened my eyes to the various parts of storytelling and one day, I would love to keep building upon my world and characters and direct a story of my own.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love the feeling of being on the open road, so I would probably take my friends on an adventure to the Grand Canyon or one of the national parks here in California.
In addition, I also like Asian food or food in general, so we probably stop by a few restaurants and check out several galleries.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In a highly competitive industry with so many talents out there, I want to thank Kyle Cooper for helping me jump-start my career in the entertainment industry. He gave me some of my earliest opportunities and gave me the confidence to keep pursuing film and animation. So I am grateful to him for believing in me and for his continuous support.
Also, Japanese anime and manga have always been a huge love of mine since I was a kid and continues to inspire my work. I would like to thank Kentaro Miura who sadly passed for his epic work on Berserk. He created such an awe-inspiring story with powerful visuals that left an everlasting impact on so many people around the world. I would like to shout him out for his inspirational work and I urge everyone to read his work if they haven’t already.