We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Albrektsen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As an artist I knew immediately that once I completed college I would be working for a company and would have very little creative freedom as an entry level employee. Since I had already spent nearly a decade in the U.S. Military serving others, I knew that I wanted to be my own boss and get to make the things artistically that brought me joy, the only way I could achieve these goals was to start my own design/art company.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My Partner Tom and I run a multi-media production start-up called, Meltdown Productions LLC. Together we use modern technology fused with foundational analog art skills to bring a wide variety of artistic projects to life. We specialize particularly in 3D printing/prototyping and animation, however we are capable of creating web pages, 2D animations, logos, custom fonts, video editing, photography and so much more. We tend to take on a few smaller clients from time to time but we mostly stick to creating our own content. What makes us unique is our wide array of skills and endless desire to bring to life new and fun digital content for our users. We just launched our company officially on Jan 29th, sadly the COVID-19 Pandemic put a wrench in our plans to launch new content but we have managed to adjust and overcome. We have used the time to refine our work and ensure that we are bringing the best quality product to market when the time comes. We hope that what we are working on will be well received and enjoyed by the general public, we are launching a Kickstarter October 15th 2020 to help further fund our current project in the hopes that we can scale it up and really make a splash in today’s entertainment world.
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?
Normally I would suggest the Mission Beach, dining in the Gaslamp or Little Italy. The museums and botanical garden in Balboa Park are always a good time. I prefer to get out and be active so you can usually find my friends or I at a local skate park like the Linda Vista park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The college faculty that provided me with not only the tools but the platforms necessary to continue to grow and succeed as a designer. There is no way I could be doing what I am if it weren’t for the collegiate environment. Teachers like Mr. Gustavason from the SF Academy of Art, Richard Morris from Platt College San Diego, administrators such as Mr. Julio Frizza from Platt. There are almost too many people to name that I am thankful towards for helping me reach for my dream. Most importantly my business partner Tom Aleo, whom without I would be lost.
all images were created by Tyler Albrektsen & Tom Aleo