Two years ago we lost the wonderful Monty Oum. I still remember reading it, being shocked, horrified, and crying on the floor at my parents’ house. I remember getting ready to go to work and crying in the car, in the back room, and when I got home again. I cried when I watched Meg’s Know video, when I read Matt’s journal, and every time I thought about it.
But more than the tears and the pain, I remember the incredible outpouring of love and support, not just from RT staff but from the entire community. I remember people donating to and spreading the GoFundMe, sharing their favorite memories and quotes and funny podcast moments, and reminding each other that it’s OK to grieve, it’s okay to be hurt and to cry and to take time to process. Reminding each other, and ourselves, that we’re all here for each other, we are a family, we love each other, that’s what we do.
It’s been two years now, and that’s still true. The love and support is still there, the RT community gets stronger and stronger. I’ve found my own little corner of it, and I love the family I’ve made for myself here. There are people in the community I couldn’t imagine my life without.
Two years isn’t that long, but so much has changed. Rooster Teeth keeps growing, but they keep to their roots, their family.
Gray posted a wonderful journal on the RT site today about the animation department and their new office. And the Monty memorial. Every step forward is thanks to and because of Monty, but it also because of the hard work of everyones’ lives he touched.
Monty is an incredible inspiration and I’m so sad I never got to meet him to thank him for all the beauty he brought to my life. But I know that he’d just want me to create something beautiful with my time instead of grieving.
However bittersweet it is, Monty's passing brought the community closer together, and brought me further into this beautiful family. I couldn't be more grateful.
Thank you for everything, Monty. Keep Moving Forward.