Q&A with Alex

Alex aced the Animation Mentor program for Animation, which he combined with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Art from SUNY Oneonta.  

Where are you from and what languages do you speak?
I'm from New York, but I was born in Ukraine and speak Russian.

What inspires you?
My fellow artists.

Why did you pick a career in animation?
I don't know, what was I thinking?!  Always been a fan of animated movies and films in general, but after watching How to Train Your Dragon I had a moment of realization: "That's it!, that's what I want to do!" I like to think that animation picked me. Ha ha. 

Thoughts about Portland?
Portland has been great, its very progressive and people seem to be quite open, which I enjoy.  

Favorite treat?
Crepes with honey.

When will you know that youโ€™re successful?
Right now, I do what I enjoy and it feels great.

When you where 6, what did you think youโ€™d would be when you grew up?
Growing up what's that? I am still six in my heart. I did like the idea of being a knight. I guess I was born in the wrong era.  

Whatโ€™s your biggest failure so far?
Not spending enough time with my grandparents. 

What is your most prized possession?
My sanity, if there is any left.

Links to your favorite websites
Not much of an Internet person. Does Netflix count?