We had the good fortune of connecting with Steve Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steve, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Intrepid is the best word that comes to mind. I have always approached different chapters in my career with a fearless attitude filled with a heavy dose of optimism. In addition, I am an endless learner. I love to pick up new skills whether it’s the latest 2D or 3D animation trend or teaching myself the foundations of photography to be a better visual storyteller. I’m always pushing, always searching for the best version of myself. As Matthew McConaughey said in his Oscar speech, “My hero is me 10 years from now and when I’m 45, my hero is me at 55. I’m never going to be my hero, but that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I was in college, I attended an event that had a panel of industry professionals give some advice to future graduates. When the panel was over, I walked up and introduced myself to one of the speakers. He was an Art Director for a national television news network. We spoke for about 5 minutes and I gave him my business card and asked him to take a look at my website and critique my work. Two hours later I was called in to interview for a part-time motion design position. A week later I was employed by them. The moral of the story is I put myself out there. I bet on myself and won. Imposter syndrome is real and I have doubted myself more times than I believed in myself but that has never deterred me from trying. Everyone’s path is different but as a creative, sometimes you have to get out of your own way and put yourself and your work out there. I’ve been fortunate to work for local, regional, and national television networks, an interactive design studio, and successfully ran my own freelance motion design and animation business. Every act of my career I’ve learned new skills that make me a better professional.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d probably start my day with a stroll around Bishop Arts and check out one of the local coffee shops or boutique restaurants and grab some breakfast. Then we would head over to Klyde Warren Park and walk around and enjoy the fresh air and its awesome amenities. After the park, we would drive back to Plano and grab some lunch and drinks over at Sixty Vines. Then we would spend the rest of the afternoon checking out all the metroplex’s charming downtown districts such as Downtown Plano, Downtown McKinney, or Downtown Grapevine. We would end our evening at the delicious Kenny’s Woodfire Grill in Addison for some dinner and drinks. My friends and I generally travel on our stomachs, so food and drinks are a necessity so naturally, our trip revolves around this.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my family. My success is only possible because of their unconditional love, encouragement, and support. Every day I wake up and hustle for them. To Sam, Ava, and Nico – you add color to my life, I’m forever grateful.