I knew I did not want to live in Indiana for the rest of my life from the time I was 9 years old.
I wanted originally to work in motion graphics. I knew that art was something I wanted to pursue from the first time I saw the opening of Final Fantasy VIII when I was 9 in third grade. I knew there were few, if any, companies in Indiana doing the kind of things I wanted to do.
At first, I wanted to live in New York City and become a graphic designer. That didn't last long when I realized their winters were colder than the ones in Indiana. Not long after that, I wanted to move to Florida until I realized their humidity was horrible. Then my dream was to move to Japan and work with Square Enix. That dream died by the time I went to college and realized learning, understanding, and living a whole different culture was not the ideal for me. I had too much social anxiety. It wasn't too long afterward when I realized that California would be the ideal place for someone like me and it took a no-brainer to figure out where I wanted to work. Walt Disney Animat