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

Hi Richard, why did you pursue a creative career?
I became an artist at an early age, and have been ever since. After watching my dad and siblings paint murals and awesome paintings. I knew right there and then that I wanted to be an artist too. I began to draw dinosaurs from books, and a lot of Dragon Ball characters. Something about it seemed very uplifting, relaxing and motivating. The sense of freedom also became very present as I drew for years in my early childhood. While watching the classic Disney movies in the 90s, and others have given me the inspiration to pursue an artist’s career.

Studio Ghibli has a lot to do in my upbringing to this day as well with their out of this world creative storytelling. Animation Director Miyazaki-san and others like Guillermo Del Toro, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Cuaron, Robert Rodriguez, Jorge Gutierrez and many other awesome directors have given me the motivation to become a creator and writer of my own stories. Even to strive to direct my own productions with my own animation studios someday.

I attended two art colleges where I received my two degrees; BFA in Media Arts & Animation and an MFA in Visual Development. Coming from a family who has a history within Mexico’s entertainment industry, I knew it was my calling that God wanted me to pursue in life.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am known for Visual Development, Writer, Director and Actor for my own productions, and collaborate with other creative minds in the entertainment industry. I would say creating concepts in pre-production could definitely be what I specialize in, but I also thoroughly enjoy writing and among other things within production. I love creating new fresh ideas with compelling stories that I hope to inspire the next generations to come, and create content that could revolutionize many things God willingly.

I am most proud of what God has given me each day because if it wasn’t for Him I would not be here doing what I love doing. My commitment to my craft and loyalty to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, my God, is what I always put my focus in every day. Winning awards or trophies is one thing but it’s not everything. Winning the hearts of the people is what I consider my true awards in life. One simple smile, or compliment from a stranger towards my works is a trophy to me. That’s part of what I live for. To be a difference in any way I can.

Any road is a hard road. It all depends on the person. There have been many obstacles both spiritually, and physically that I had to endure in my career and in life overall. One big adjustment and one of the toughest decisions was to leave my family back in Texas and relocate to Los Angeles. It was tough because I was leaving my parents behind, and not be able to see them as often. However, I knew in my heart that I had to move in order to pursue my artistic career and make a name for myself. Finding work from time to time has also been challenging, but when things are a bit steady, I keep working on my artworks and literary works.

Another obstacle I had to get used to was networking efficiently. I always considered myself a “social” guy, but in LA I had to really push myself to be involved in industry mixers, and screenings in order to meet new people. Finding ways to approach others, knowing what to say and not to say. I have learned and keep learning from many others throughout the years, and I will forever thank each individual for what they have taught me in order to grow.

Other than that, I always keep God FIRST in everything I do every day. Therefore, any obstacle that gets thrown at me I am ready for it because He is always with me every step of the way.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would say walking through Hollywood Blvd is fun. Staring and passing through the Hollywood Walk of Fame until you see your favorite stars. Also, visiting Universal Studios CityWalk is tons of fun! Afterwards, eat some good fish tacos at any good local restaurant, or sushi. On the weekend probably go out and drive through Beverly Hills, and visit the Santa Monica beach or Ventura beach.

LA has tons of fun places to venture out, but I still yet to experience many of them myself too. Over all it’s always fun being in LA!

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 have many people that come to mind, but this is a list of people from that long list that comes to mind fairly quick.
1. My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, My God.
2. My family, The Delgados.
3. My wife, Melody.
4. My best friend who passed away few years ago, Vi D.
5. Joss G.
6. Angelita B.
7. Dawn C.
8. Steven T.
9. My small team of artists who are collaborating with me in my 2D animation productions.
10. To the entire animation and live action creative minds in the entertainment industry.
11. To ALL of my friends, supporters and followers from social media.

Website: www.theancientchronicles.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/richy_axl

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-a-delgado-richy-axl-281b164b

Twitter: www.twitter.com/richy_axl

Facebook: www.facebook.com/richyaxl1

Other: My artwork website : www.ulti-animation.space My IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7377872/

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