Jason Shorr emerged wielding a paint brush. He was born into a family of dancers, musicians, painters and sculptors, one very supportive Lawyer, his father, and a passionate figure skating champion for a mother. They encouraged and nourished his desire to create and tell stories with pictures, feeding his imagination with stories of their own. Upon graduating from kindergarten, when every boy and girl is asked the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" He replied that he would like to be an animator for Disney. That specific.
Every step he took was in service of this goal. Jason couldn't seem to put his pencil down, and repeatedly had his drawings confiscated by teachers first in elementary, then junior high, and even on into high school. One english teacher thought she'd have herself a nice coffee table book and took a whole sketchpad. He got it back eventually, though.
With encouragement and guidance from his family and his high school art teacher, Melanie Miller, Jason became the third in his family to attend ArtCenter College of Design in the spring of 2005. Five long, life-shaping years later he emerged as a graduate of the illustration department with a focus in entertainment arts, in the spring of 2010. Much had changed in those years- besides his hairline sitting a little farther back. He had found his voice as a designer, found what it was he could be passionate about and excel at, and had grown through the many trials that all students (and particularly those of ArtCenter) go through. Whether it be for fashion, theatre, or a big screen film, he is ready. The question is... are you?
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