Like most children, though perhaps with greater fervor, I was an avid cartoon fan. I remember growing up in Russia, my homeland, and being excited to watch cartoons every day after school. Still to this day, two of my favorite animated works are Gravity Falls and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, both of which are masterpieces due to their genius plots, lovable characters and unique styles. Inspired by these works, I decided to pursue my career in animation, learn English and move to the US. Now I’m in LA, studying animation at LMU, working on numerous film projects, and hoping to use art as a tool to share my vast cultural experiences and to encourage creativity in people.