We had the good fortune of connecting with Will Lim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Will, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Growing up in The Philippines, you are treated to a wonderful mix of art and media from all over the world. I grew up watching anime from Japan, animated series and movies from the US, Hong Kong martial arts movies and also our own local shows and movies. And I loved that very much, but as a kid I never thought of it being something that I could do. It wasn’t until I was in high school that my eyes were opened to the possibility of working in Animation. It was around my sophomore year during my art class, we watched Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke. And it blew me away. I had never seen it before then and I was instantly in love with the story, the art and the animation. At that point it never occurred to me how these movies were made. So I started looking for more information about it, it was a little harder to find resources back in the early internet days. But found them I did and from then on, that’s what I focused on. I started looking into animation as a career and pursued it with all my might. Pursuit of this career has always been challenging, and has definitely been full of ups and downs, however I believe it has always been worth it. Because art is something that can help push people forward and I would be immensely humbled if any of my work can encourage that path forward.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am currently the lead animator at Turn Me Up Games. I’m really excited about our current project, because it has allowed me to add some new skill sets to my arsenal. I’m really proud of the journey to get here, because it has not been easy. Over the years, I bounced from job to job, freelancing and pretty much finding every little hustle I can get my hands on, while at the same time, still working on my portfolio and constantly updating my work. I would set some deadlines for myself on when I’m going to complete certain pieces, I don’t think I’ve ever hit those self imposed deadlines on time, but I always made sure to complete those projects regardless of the delay. The biggest lesson I learned in my journey is managing my time, it is immensely crucial to achieving the goals I set for myself. Because life doesn’t slow down when we have our goals, which makes that work life balance even more incredibly important.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
There are plenty of inspirational spots in Orange County. The beaches are definitely a good start, then there’s of course Disney. My favorite comic book shop, Comics, Toons N’ Toys, is over at Tustin, definitely a great shop to visit. The Anaheim packing district is a great spot for some food and drinks. Taking a drive down to Crystal Cove for some hiking and taking in the views is breathtaking. There are plenty of breweries that have some great craft beers. Get some really good food at either Diamond Jamboree or any of the numerous Korean BBQ places at Korea Town. Of course this would be best once quarantine from Covid is over.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my parents for always supporting my decisions, even if they had their reservations. My high school teachers Mr. Reale and Mr. Farmer both of which taught me about Art and 3D. All of my friends and colleagues in the game and animation industries who always push the boundaries of what can be done in their respective fields. Last but not the least, though he will probably never read this, but I’m sure he knows what he’s given to the world. Hayao Miyazaki, if it weren’t for his films, my life would have been quite different.