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I grew up in Uruguay a little country between Brazil and Argentina there's about 3 million people in the country I did not have any I came straight from school I have a dual degree in electrical engineering and Fine Arts I am kind of red right-brain left-brain kind of person I really like arts and I really like engineering and I found out there was a career that you can combine both so I thought that was great and then I just happened to interview with Ed Catmull was the president at the time and I just thought it would be great to meet one of the people that had written some stuff in my books and so I went for the interview and I got the job when I went to college I was really interested in sculpting that was my my main path I worked a lot in clay I worked in paper I worked on wire and at the end of my career I started doing a little bit of computer graphics but not a lot so when I came to Pixar of course I wanted to be an animator but the people that know best decided that probably a technical director career would be best for me and given that I had the technical orientation on the art as well but the first one I did was lighting TD on Jerry's game what do Liars do light EDD so if you can imagine a theater and putting up the lights wherever you want the character to be looking pretty for the camera that's basically what lighting TVs you we are trying to emphasize the story and what we want to get across and then make our things looks look pretty or scary or whatever they need to be as part of the story and then I started working in shading and for shading I did a lot of prop shading I did such shading and recently I've been doing a lot more character shading and I also worked as a lead shading artist for the good dinosaur shading is basically creating the material qualities as you see in objects so when the models come to us they're basically just white plastic and we make them look the way that they're supposed to look so if you have a piece of wood you want to figure out what kind of pattern you want you want on the wood or what kind of how does the light interact with the material if there's like certain bumpiness to it if it's reflective if it is if it feels smooth or if the light goes into the wood a little bit and bounces around and comes off so there's a lot of math involved into trying to figure out that kind of system and how does the illumination interact with the material and how do you perceive it and a lot of the times is really funny because the idea that you have mentally of what the object should look like is actually really different from what you want to put in on the screen sometimes I'm driving around and I'll see like a cloud on the sky and I'll think to myself if I make that cloud on the computer it would look completely wrong and people would not believe it's a cloud but it's up there it's in the sky so a lot of times you have to figure out what our idea of the cloud is versus what the cloud really is I just like for me cooking is almost like a little bit of a travel experience it's an adventure so I tend to do really strange dishes from what we're used to having and love using new ingredients and stuff that I can't pronounce and just go for it don't be afraid to say you don't know something because that's the only way you can learn don't be afraid to make mistakes because that's the only way we learn and just keep shooting for what year you want to be what you're passionate about that's really what's important because that's what will make you happy in the future just working for your passion