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Week One: What I learned from my Mentor Posted on 2017-09-08 by Marcus Collins

Tremendous amounts anxiety of self-doubt overcame me for the second meeting with my mentor, more so than the first brief meeting bearing the topic of my acceptance into the program. Which each step to my car and until the final steps into the office building I was plagued with thoughts of a person with little to no self-confidence within his own abilities and talent. I tried to mask those fears with the idea that this meeting would be a simple review of the questions of the quiz and no true analysis of myself. I would hide behind my doubts from a man with little time to care which new student appeared in front of him. When asked to read the questions I went about it as I would in a classroom an environment and way of thinking I've become accustomed to through out the years. I would read the entirety of the questions and answers, wait for a general response, and a metaphoric pat on the back for the simple task of completing the assignment. As my mentor pondered in which order he would phrase his words, I was ready for a generic praise, "Good job kid, I'll see you next Tuesday for the next assignment." What he said next even I couldn't predict. It soon became clear that the man in front of me was not simply a teacher who was lucky enough to get a couple jobs in the industry and hired to give false hope to people with a few extra bucks to spare to buy his time. I was sitting in front of a man with a true passion for visual storytelling in all of its many forms. He turned a simple quiz into an opportunity to give me the knowledge and true insight about the reality of the industry from an experienced industry veteran who lived and breathed his art.He gave me the building blocks of the skills that I will soon use to build my career and bloom within the global community of storytellers. He challenged my already established perspective with the perspective of an industry professional. He didn't treat me like a kid who loved to watch movies and television shows, he treated me like a future industry professional and as if he was my director. He held my every word and action accountable. Within an hour of simply talking he had given me information and a perspective that I will remember throughout my personal and professional life. He didn't give me all the answers or any secret formulas because he wanted me to think for myself a skill that I'd need for the rest of my life. I went into the meeting being doubtful about my future and my place in such a vicious industry, but I came out with the confidence to never give up on my dreams, to never lose sight of the goals I've set for myself. I came out believing that I would grow into being the future creative industry professional that I want to be. This is the start of my career.

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