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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