Inspiration: George Shaw
Back in 2014, I was at Comic Con and I got a chance to meet George Shaw - a composer who was working on some really cool projects. He had already completed his own Kickstarter, and that year I was attending as a professional as well.
We connected on several levels because he was funding a project too. What amazed me was that he was working on his passion projects, had time to listen about mine, while also doing the music for TableTop with Wil Wheaton. I thought to myself - doesn't that mean you already made it? But in reality, George's enthusiasm and passion for his work propelled him to further success where he got to work on Ode to Geeks with Stan Lee!
Suffice to say, I've been a fan and followed George's work since our first, and only encounter, at Comic Con in 2014. I've got him on Instagram, Facebook fanpage, and Twitter. He also has a chihuahua named Korra - I learned more about her from George's Instagram.
When I launched Dogs BOND, I was really nervous about contacting George again. So nervous that I actually waited until about last week. Being new to the creative field, I was concerned that Dogs BOND wasn't maybe up to par with the big studio stuff he'd seen. Also, I had actually saved an old email address of his so I had to email him kind of out of the blue. You know what response I got back?
"Wow, that was 6 years ago! Amazing to see you've made a game, it's super cute! I'm proud of you for sticking with it!" ~ George
And then, when BuzzFeed got a hold of our video, George even retweeted it! The journey where Dogs BOND has taken me, and will hopefully continue to take me, has opened me up to so many exciting possibilities that I just don't get to experience otherwise.
The opportunity to make a re-connection with someone as accomplished as George is definitely one of the highlights of this project. And I think that if anyone is thinking that they are too small in the creative world - reach out. It's great people that make the world go round.