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Portrait of Izaiah


Izaiah wanted to be an animator. He said, “animation was one of those things I was really interested in since I was little but it felt like I could never actually accomplish it.” Then, three or four years prior to this interview, he realized it was something he was interested in enough that he was willing to do it no matter how hard it was.

“There are a lot of things hard about art,” said Izaiah. He was never satisfied with his work, however he enjoyed the satisfaction of conquering struggles and getting techniques down. Izaiah enjoyed the gratificationion of overcoming all the difficulties.

Izaiah wanted to explore storytelling through a variety of different means. The most satisfying thing for him was storytelling, no matter what the medium.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin ©2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

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Portrait of TJL-2080


This portrait is of TJL-2080 (hereinafter to be called TJ) that being his professional name. TJ is a fascinating person who I knew from a group called the Antelope Valley Thespians, “an incorporated 501(c)3 nonprofit theater company” that supported playwrights and screenplay writers.

Because TJ and I both came to their meetings to have our screenwriting supported, and he was a very good photographer, loved sci-fi and virtual reality, and had so much in common with me, I thought we were alike. Then I read his Twitter profile, “Special Education Teacher, a Futuristxe, a Technoutopian, a Transhumanist.” Since I didn’t know what two out of five of those things were, I realized we were not identical twins.

TJ’s fiction writing had very interesting/ironic twists, which was a sign of excellent storytelling. As of the date of this posting, I had been looking forward to working with him on short-film production.

TJ was not just a fiction writer. He studied the use of technology to help people with disabilities, then wrote about his research and experiences.

You can learn more about TJ on the TJL-2080 blog. You can reach him on Twitter @tjl2080.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.