What I Believe it Means to be an Artist


From an early age I have been drawn to art. My family is made up of engineers and logical minded people, a career in the art field never occurred to me due to my environment. I loved experimenting with materials and making projects. After facing tremendously hard obstacles throughout high school, I took an art class to fill up my schedule. At that point I thought I wanted to be an engineer. Boy was I wrong!
I wasn’t happy doing the work, it was boring! My art class made me the happiest I felt in so long. I found my passion and what I should focus my attention on. The answer was right in front of me the whole time.
Being an artist doesn’t mean shove your views on the world and try and change others. It means, in my opinion, to use your talents to inspire and highlight new ways of thinking. Some people look down on artists, but that really means they don’t think the same way as we do and don’t understand the discipline and technique required to become a great artist.
For me, I want to someday continue Walt Disney’s legacy of inspiring children and their families to follow their dreams. Children need to see that they have the power to be who they are meant to be despite what society deems normal. I want to inspire others to follow their heart and challenge themselves. I want to use my talents to make a difference in someone’s life. Even though I want to be an animator you would be surprised how big of an affect they have on an audience.
Think back to your first Disney animated film you watched and how that movie helped you later in life. Watching the Little Mermaid was so inspirational to me as a child and today. I don’t have to be confided to the world I know and was taught to live in, I can be the person I strive to be. Disney movies transport us into a land of make believe, but it is crafted so well that we believe it is true and grow attached to the characters in the films. Watching my younger siblings reactions to Disney animated films is just wonderful to experience. I hope that someday I have the honor to make that experience a reality for others.
What it means to be an artist really means that you are committed to changing the world for the better. Inspiring others to follow what they love. It means making someone stop and think, to feel something and to reflect on that feeling. An artist is somewhat like the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, we show others what they never knew was inside of them the whole time!

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Joanna Nawn

Welcome to my blog! My name is Joanna Nawn and I have a deep passion for art and animation. This blog was started in order to share my journey through art with the hopes of becoming an animator someday! Animation is a major part of my life and I am always looking for ways to improve. I keep up to date with viewing animated shorts and films in order to understand the standards I should uphold in my own work. Please feel free to contact me and/or follow me on social media!

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