We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kyle, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risks are never risky to me. When I’m not doing animation or story or design I spend quite a bit of time practicing tai chi and similar mind/body modalities like qigong or yoga. One day I was practicing with my teacher, who is literally like a crazy old master from a kung fu movie: wise and loving but aggressively challenging. He asked me to do a meditation based in a buddhist practice where as you’re doing this rather physically demanding exercise, you visualize in your mind losing someone who is very dear to you. Even just thinking about this practice can be upsetting to people. When I’ve mentioned it to people in casual conversation it’s commonly met with opposition. But when you really dedicate yourself to it, even for just a few minutes, what you quickly realize is that the moment you’re meditating on is an inevitable moment. Life and death are not separate phenomena, but one in the same. In turn, you learn to appreciate that this moment in time you call your life will only last for finite period of time. And so, anything you do, while it may feel risky or feel scary or feel painful even, will only last for a short period of time. And beyond the threshold of the fear of what we might call a negative experience, lies the rest of the world. So I’ve learned to strive for things that are meaningful to me, even if I may never receive them, knowing I will have experienced the fullness of this life while I’m still here to experience it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t know what sets me apart from others. That’s up for you to decide. I know what I stand for and why I continue to create the work I create.

First and foremost, it’s fun and exciting to me. It’s an opportunity to explore the depths of the universe and share my findings the world. Second, it keeps me out of trouble, which means maybe I can inspire other people to stay out of trouble and build better lives for each other instead. Finally, I think the best contribution any of us can give to one another is to wholeheartedly and sincerely share what our experience as a human is like. The truth will set us free.

So my career has been all over the place, starting with a superhero satire webcomic called Cat-for-a-Dick Man about a guy with a full grown live cat for a penis. I wouldn’t be shocked if it got me cancelled. Then, naturally, I did those children’s books, Toos Goes Uptown and Toos and the Zombies. I was VFX producer on a commercial spot for a background check company called Corra Group. I did an indie game called Adventures of Chris that’s out now on Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac, and will (sometime in 2022) be coming to Playstation and Xbox. And I just finished up a series of music videos, all produced in Quill VR, with Radheya Reinkarn8d (lionwithamic). I’ve also got another cool project coming out soon with an old friend of mine, Chris Aleszczyk (@ale_whaat on instagram), a short film called Porcelain. Between that I’ve done a bunch of other stuff too and I don’t regret any of it. And no, none of it was easy. But I had fun. Most of the time…

Most importantly what I’ve learned is that the best opportunities, the best projects, the best contributions, the things I’m most proud of, were all born out of a decision to give 100% to whatever I’m doing without the expectation of anything in return.

And so, I don’t care so much if the world knows about me, or my brand, or my story. I care that each individual seizes this opportunity that we all have to know ourselves.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Looking at the state of my home I’d probably have them painting the fence like Tom Sawyer. There’s plenty of room to crash, friends.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I could devote this to a lot of people. My mother. My father. My aforementioned tai chi teacher. My many friends. The divine, or whatever force it is that allows us all to exist and experience this life. But I want to single out Karen Belciglio, because I was recently thinking about how she gave me a shot to do a couple children’s books all those years back that really launched my career and legitimized me as someone who was worth hiring. Toos Goes Uptown and Toos and the Zombies were some early highlights and actually just a small part of what Karen did and has done to help me out thus far. So thanks, Karen.

Website: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/699525024

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/khannelfreeman/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-anderson-162b2717/

Other: https://www.dharmahealthinstitute.com/ https://www.yogaloftmanhattanbeach.com/

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