A week ago, I posted a random journal entry about my film school applications. In that journal, I felt compelled to mention that one of my biggest influences in life, and in my dream to create visual content that will entertain the masses for years to come, is Rooster Teeth Productions. Ever since I was 12, I have been looking up to the people of this production company, because they are incredibly talented people, and they carry themselves as genuinely decent human beings.

I think we can all agree that Monty Oum was no exception to that.

I never had the pleasure of meeting him, a fact I will always regret. However, I feel the pain of his loss. Monty Oum was directly responsible for so much awesome Rooster Teeth content, the very content that I site as my inspiration as a film maker. It is difficult to cope with the fact that somebody who has inspired my life direction has passed away, whether I knew him personally or not.

Still... in his final hour, he has inspired me at least once more. It's moments like these that remind me that I should appreciate what I have and to continue to fight for all that I want to achieve. It reminds me how thankful I am for everybody in my life: my parents (my 2 greatest heroes), my sisters and extended family, my friends (both here and elsewhere), and every other person that has affected who I am as a human being.

I hope the pain that everyone is feeling lessens soon. I wish nothing but the best for his friends and family.