Animator and director Saul Blinkoff (Doc McStuffins, Mulan, Pocahontas) always wanted a job in animation and films. But first, he had to figure out the equation that would lead him to that destination - because simply 'wishing upon a star' wasn’t enough. What steps did he take on the path towards his dream? How did he overcome obstacles to improve his skills and exceed expectations? Saul also shares why we need healthy competition, why it’s important to wear many hats in your industry, and how the movie Rudy changed his life when he thought his dream was dead.

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Cathy's recommendations:

1. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

2. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, PhD.


  1. It’s important to know what you want, but you have to know how to get what you want.

  2. Knowing what you do well is key. But knowing what you need to work on is more important. Go work on it.

  3. You need to go to sleep every day and say, “Nobody worked harder than me today.”




Saul Blinkoff’s website

The Little Mermaid - the movie that made Saul want to become a Disney animator

Columbus College of Art & Design

Watch the trailer for Rudy

Proof that Michael Jordan won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award (1987-88)

A video with Bill Matthews, animator


Mulan - I’ll Make a Man Out of You

Save the Cat! The Last Screenwriting Book You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder

Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker


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