I was born in Moscow, Russia, and immigrated to the United States as a young adult. I pursued my academic career at the Miami International College of Art and Design, —transferred to Ringling College of Art and Design. As an art form, animation has significantly impacted people and their lives. It teaches you about your values. It can motivate and encourage. Animation can inspire wonder and imagination, and you can take full—advantage of it. To be an artist, you must have a strong work ethic and always act in the people's best interest. As artists, we strive to convey positivity through our art and show the world how wonderful life can be—there is enough darkness in the world. The animation should never be part of it.