So I finally made it out to CTN Expo after years of not being ready, and I came back feeling very happy and unsettled at the same time. The inspiration and education was abundant, but business-wise I don't know if anything will come from this trip that will further my career. I also felt very out of place at times, because of being so much older, my insisting on drawing, and my lack of cool t-shirts and facial hair. But there were also some amazing things that happened, like getting advice from Jerry Beck in person and discussing Maurice Noble with Tod Polson and lots more! The anatomy panel with the evolutionary biologist was jaw-dropping, and I found practical knowledge from the classes about contracts and screenplays. When I got home I started doodling to organize my thoughts, and think I worked it through to a positive conclusion. I'll be going back next year, and will work desperately in the interim to make sure I deserve to be there.