We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Kaelke and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alex, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
As an animator and filmmaker, I would say the most important factor behind my own personal success is having a healthy and collaborative relationship with my close friends and family, and knowing when to take travel breaks. In college I prioritized making the best comedy films I could at the expense of my social life, which gave me time to create the films I wanted to make, but it caught up with me tenfold. After becoming extremely depressed, apathetic, and increasingly anxious about my future, I decided it was time for a travel break. I believe traveling has given me the insight and will I need to keep living the best life I can and continue making art that I and others can be proud of. I think at the end of the day as long as you have a healthy social life, you’re making stuff you’re happy with, and you’re reaching people because of it, you’re succeeding.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The key to making art is finding ways to make it a smoother process for yourself, mentally, spiritually, and physically. It’s never an easy process, as making great art has always required great sacrifice. I’m most excited for hearing the laughter of people watching my work, and I constantly work to impress my peers and develop new ways to tell interesting and funny stories. I’m most excited about pushing myself to always push the envelope when it comes to animation and comedy. I overcome my own hurdles through my relationship with my friends and maintaining mindfulness, which is not often easy. I’ve learned that you must prioritize your own mental health rather than ignore it and focus on art alone. Maintaining a healthy and creative life requires having strong pillars, and remembering how important it is to live in the present moment rather than dwell on the past and stress about the future. I want everyone to know that it’s always possible to see your creative vision through, but it always requires taking care of yourself spiritually, mentally, and physically.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend who were to visit San Diego, I would take them with me to the Samesun Ocean Beach. It’s an awesome, colorful hostel with interesting people always coming through. I’d say they could stay in Ocean Beach for the entire week, they could honestly eat at anyplace near the hostel, as all the food spots are fantastic. I love visiting the San Diego Zoo and would highly recommend that also to anyone visiting.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shout-out to my close friend Michael Maslany. He’s a fellow animator who has worked in the industry on Rick and Morty, Solar Opposites, and other animated shows. Throughout the making of all of my animated shorts, he has been there to support me during the process and offer his own creative insights. I am very grateful for his presence in my life and I believe our friendship strengthens not just both of our creative processes, but our lives as well.

Website: https://alexkaelke.wixsite.com/portfolio

Instagram: instagram.com/alexkaelke

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-kaelke-8a4848150

Twitter: twitter.com/raccatoons

Facebook: facebook.com/kaelke

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Image Credits
Zheng Qu

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