Alumni Spotlight: Steve Troop

Courtesy of Steve TroopName: Steve Troop
What do you do?: I design puppets for TV and Film. Basically, I sketch hundreds of concepts, eventually settling on the “look” of it. Once approved, I also build and perform. Very interesting work, if you can get it!
Company and Whereabouts: Puppet Design Studio – Valencia, CA
How did you get your current job?: In 1994, while still at Palomar, I began building puppets of my cartoon characters. As the years went on, I realized I enjoyed puppets more than cartooning and started posting videos to YouTube About 8 years ago, a puppeteer saw my stuff, found out I could draw and I’ve been designing for him ever since.
What is the best professional lesson you learned at Palomar?: The importance of deadlines and revisions (not necessarily in that order)
What advice do you have for current students?: Finish your degree (something I’ve always regretted)
What is your favorite Palomar memory?: Making a puppet movie in the Palomar Telescope offices.
Last thoughts: Follow your dreams, no matter how crazy they sound on paper.

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Alumni Spotlight: Kate Nelson

Kate NelsonName: Kate Nelson
Position: Copy editor
Company: U-T San Diego
Degree(s): AA in journalism, Palomar College; BA in journalism, San Diego State University
Whereabouts: San Diego, CA
What do you do? I work on the news copy desk at U-T San Diego.
How did you get your job? I interviewed and took a copy editing test and was hired in 2000.
What advice do you have for current students? Work on your college newspaper!
What is your favorite Palomar memory? Working on The Telescope.
Last thoughts? If you want to be a good writer, you have to read a lot. Find writers whose work you like, and read them. Never underestimate the value of revising and proofreading your work.