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Meet Shane Beam in North Center

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shane Beam.

Shane, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Back in my school days, I was the type of kid who drew pictures on my exams in place of answers I didn’t know. Sometimes, they were good enough for some sympathy points. Now, I do that professionally. My art career path started back in high school when I got really into little indie video games and started animating with a goal of becoming an artist for games. I used a free 3D program called Blender and just messed around with it creating weird creatures, and it was immediately the most interesting thing ever to me. I went on to study animation at DePaul, and through some pretty incredible professors was introduced to the full extent of what animation could be as an artform and totally fell in love with it. After I graduated, my capstone project/film “Conditioner” went on to screen at a bunch of cool festivals and win awards and such. I got to go to a few and really got to become a part of this scene that I admire an awful lot. Nowadays, I do freelance work, animating anything thrown at me, and I’m lucky that people relate to my work enough that I’m able to do it all the time.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It can occasionally be a bit of a struggle. Animation is possibly the most time consuming artistic medium out there and a big portion of what I do has no real monetary value, so that can be a rough combination of problems. But overall, I can’t complain. I’m beyond grateful that there are other artists, companies, and people out there that enjoy my work and it’s a step cooler when someone likes it enough to want to commission or collaborate with me.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Shane Beam – what should we know?
I do all sorts of art stuff. My commissioned work includes music videos, advertisements, gif stickers, sequences in films, and tons of other stuff. I’m essentially a 1 man animation studio operating out of my bedroom. I feel that I offer really fun and heartfelt art for whatever the need be. It’s always a good time.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Love and constant curiosity of the creative process.

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