Here is a letter written by Anthony Rizzo, animator at Industrial Light and Magic.

Rizzo’s feature film credits include Transformers: Age of Extinction, Pompeii, RoboCop, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, The Vampire Diaries, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,  and Meet Dave, to name a few.





Dear Willie,

I must have written this a dozen times over so far. Searching for the rights words. Really it just boils down to one thing…courage. Wanting to do something and talking about it is one thing. But having the courage to see it through is completely different. My father used to say, “You know what a goal without a plan is?” “Just a dream.” I never forgot that. He made lists. He’d say, “Ok, so you wanna do this? Well what’s your plan? What’s the first step, and the second, and so on?” He was right because the best part about making a list is crossing stuff off, right!? So write it down.

Just remember, no matter what level animator you are at the moment, there is always someone better and worse than you. So set your standards and don’t settle for less because it’s all on the table man. Stay focused and “make that time” to work on your animations. Less distractions the better. Be your own personal hero! There’s no limits!

Don’t get comfortable because when that happens, that’s probably all you’re gonna get. So keep striving and push yourself. My grandfather used to say “Tomorrow never comes. Today is the day.” So work hard, stay hungry and don’t forget…enjoy it!

Your pal,

Rizzo (signed)

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