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My name is Tal and I am an Addict

May 27, 2012

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To tell you about me is to tell you about my addiction.

It started some thirty one years ago, at first it was the smaller stuff, nothing heavy. Nothing to worry my family members about –  little Saturday morning cartoons (Thundercats, Transformers, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils and a few thing that shall go unnamed… those were dark times), nothing to worry anyone with. Since I lived overseas my access to quality product or what some might call “the good stuff” was limited, so at first I was living off low quality goods. It usually burned fast and left a bad taste in my mouth. My first quality fix came in 1979 in the form of Disney’s The Fox and the Hound, after that I was hooked!

Childhood Addiction

Shortly after that I picked up a pencil and my addiction took on a new form.

With time it grew as did my need for better and more pure quality goods. In those days it was rare and far apart, slowly I began to develop an understanding of my addiction and how to deal with it.
By the time the late 80’s rolled around I was willing to get my fix anywhere. Bluth, Disney, WB – you name it.

At first my family was supportive, as much as you could be with any addiction, then they got more concerned when I went from watching cartoons to wanting to make them.

In 1997 I finally sought help at Sheridan College – hoping that the institution would give me the tools I needed to deal with my “problem”. At Sheridan I learned the root of my addiction as well as the way to deal with it through the Twelve Principles of Animation. By 2000 I completed my treatment at Sheridan College, and was faced with a new problem. My drug of choice was facing extinction in favor of a new flavor that appealed to the masses, which meant that I would have to adapt. So instead of getting my fix from a pencil which was a little more direct now it comes from a mouse and a keyboard.

Eleven years after completing my treatment, I have been dealing with my addiction one day at a time, I have a sponsor and have been fighting the good fight one step at a time.

I am here now, to help you through the rocky times and keep you on the wagon. Lets come together to share and come out stronger in the end!

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kalle Jun 25, 2012 at 9:28 am

Love this blog, great posts and great style of writing, love the “addiction” angle. Keep it up!

Animation Addict Jun 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Thanks for the kind words, the support helps with the day to day fight with the addiction.

Alessandro Aug 4, 2012 at 12:41 am

Hi great blog, maybe one day I’ll be one of your students.. :o)
Greetings from Italy!

Animation Addict Aug 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Hi Alessandro,

Thanks for the kind words, I’ll actually be in Italy in early September in Tuscany & Florence area. I will try and arrange a Ianimate meet up, if you’re in the area you are more than welcome to join 🙂

Katy Sep 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Great podcast! It was amsoewe to get to know Jason more and you instructors more I love the sense of humor and how much fun you guys have. Hope to have that much fun at iAnimate! See you instructors soon

Kojiro Aug 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Nice and interesting blog!

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