We had the good fortune of connecting with Julian Kay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julian, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For me, when i think about risk I’m thinking more about my relationship with failure. One trait that I think all successful people have in common is Tenacity or “Grit”. They don’t give up. Ever. Failure is the greatest teacher of all. The archetypal “wise old man” didn’t get to be the wise old man by skipping through a field of daisies. He tripped and fell then got up, over and over and over again. With every failure, you learn a lesson, you take that lesson and apply it to your next endeavor. Success is inevitable. Pretty much everything awesome in life comes with risk. No risk, no reward… or my personal favorite, “No guts… No glory”.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Professionally, I’m an Illustrator/Animator currently working in Motion Graphics. I work for a really fun Animation/Design studio called Fish Eggs. I predominantly work on Illustrated explainer graphics for Television/Streaming, recently I started working on some Features, Some shows I have worked on recently are NBC’s Making It, Discovery’s Monster Garage and Legends of the Wild, and Sugar Rush on Netflix. I also love to paint. Mostly acrylics and murals whenever I get the chance. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure how I got here… It was definitely not easy. I have always loved to draw but I didn’t focus on art till relatively late, it was freshman year of college (2010) when I realized this is what I wanted to do. I dedicated my 20’s to it. Worked around the clock to improve my skills and took every opportunity I could get my hands on. I put myself out there, met the right people who were gracious enough to give me an opportunity. One opportunity lead to another and here I am, Not much has changed… I have a long way to go. Ive learned a ton of lessons along the way, but one thats really stood out to me is how important relationships are. You have to constantly put yourself out there. Go to the events, engage on social media, shake hands, and let people know what you’re about. Cast as many lines in the water as possible and you’ll inevitably get a bite.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For me, Los Angeles is about the events. There is always something going on. Concerts, Conventions, food events… you name it. So it would depend what’s going on. The beach is a no brainer, hiking up in Malibu, The Korean Bell in Pedro, Venice if they haven’t been before, maybe a Laker game. There’s so much to do!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate my shout out to my Girlfriend, Caitlin. For going to all of the events, always listening to all of my ideas, watching all of the anime, listening to the rants about the technical aspects of traditional hand drawn animation, for understanding my insane work schedule and always being supportive. We’ve spent the pandemic together, making art and creating… We’ve taken a very difficult time into one of transformation and growth.
All images are mine!