Willie Downs is the creator of The Animator Letters Project, which has been featured by Cartoon Brew, Animation Magazine, Letters of Note, and KCRW’s The Business. With contributors like Pete Docter, Gary Trousdale, Brenda Chapman, John Musker and Rob Minkoff, The Animator Letters Project has already become a world-wide inspiration to aspiring animators. Downs is a former student of Animation Mentor Online Animation School, and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. During his junior year of high school, Downs joined the Texas Army National Guard, serving six years with one deployment to Iraq, where he was awarded The Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. Downs, his wife and daughter reside in the suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas where they enjoy spending time outdoors.