Hi! My name is Natalie Lo and I am a student at Freestyle Academy. At Freestyle, I am taking Animation, English, and Digital Media. I have loved expressing myself through art since I was little. I have been creating digital art since 8th grade, so I wanted to take animation here at Freestyle. Other then art I enjoy playing lacrosse, creating videos, taking pictures with friends, and creating outfits. I love fashion and I like to revolve my videos around that. I also like playing video games, for one day I would like to help with character animation for a video game. I want to be an animator one day. Whether I do character animation for games or animation for movies, I will be happy. being an animator for movies would be a dream. As a kid, I grew up speaking three languages and moved between Macau, Asia, and California. When I settled here, there was a bit of a language barrier. As a kid growing up here, I always watched animations and animated movies/ shows. Animations inspired me as a kid because you didn’t need to understand the language to get the message. I have seen so many animations that have moved me without needing words. That is so powerful that something someone creates can have an impact on me. I want to one day help be part of something that people will remember. As a Freestyle student, I value all the resources we are provided and all the life-lasting knowledge we are taught.
After a year of being a Freestyle student, I’ve learned that artists are hardworking. Freestyle is a lot of work. I never realized how difficult some software would be to learn. I’ve been so used to doing the same forms of art I’ve grown used to it. This year, when we were challenged to use different mediums it threw me off a bit. I’ve always edited all my animations and videos on my Ipad until we were told to try Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro. Editing on a computer slowed down my process, but the product looked better. I was put out of my comfort zone, but I ended up being okay. Similarly, the only experience prior music-making experience I had with Protools was Garageband on my father’s phone and a phone app called Acapella. Protools was a bit overwhelming at first, but then I got the hang of it. One thing I took away this year is that creativity is endless. Watching my peers create artworks, music, and films helped fuel more creativity. We all have ideas worth sharing, and I can’t wait for one more year of Freestyle.