When I was a boy, the ability to draw a horse or Speed Racer's Mach 5 was an easy way to impress a girl or to make a friend. I was raised as an only child by my grandmother and sometimes struggled to find my place in the world. In high school, my two passions were basketball and art. I had an art teacher and a coach who made lasting impressions on me.
Now, 23 years into my career, I still feel lucky every day that the boy who loved to draw got to grow up and get paid to show people his drawings. What a wonderful life.