Josh Sokolowski : Interview 11

Five Questions - Josh

Meet Josh.

Is there a moment in your life that you wish you could change?

Oh, jeez. [Laughs] Probably the point where I decided to take on the electrical apprenticeship instead of accepting the uni course and doing the film studies. Because, yeah, I just feel like I’ve sort of gone backwards with that by doing—I thought I was doing the trade to myself set up, security, money wise, get myself set up for four years and then go and study, but now it’s nearly been nine years doing that. And that’s why I did that animation course online because I had to just get it done and make myself get back to, get my life back on the creative path. That’s probably the point that, yeah, that I would’ve, not taken that and just done what I wanted to do. Instead of doing what everyone else thought I needed to do. 

What was your greatest surprise?

Gosh. [Long pause] I feel like I’m just flicking through files. [Chuckles] Most surprised? I’m really bad at this. [Laughs] I was surprised at the Animation Expo that Jorge was there and I didn’t know he was there for the whole weekend. And then we were at the Disney screening, he was there. And it was like the end, that last day of the thing and he’d been in LA for three days. I knew him from the online course and we never told each other that we’re going and then we just randomly bumped into each other and we’re like, “Oh my god! This just made the thing that much more special!” Like, it was really great. He really appreciated us being there and it was really cool. So that’s probably one of the biggest surprises—and good ones—that I’ve had in a long time. There ya go.

What's the most memorable pain you've ever felt?

What I was telling you about earlier. When the anesthetic wore off. That’s the most physical pain. The melanoma in my chest. They had to cut deeper to make sure they got it all. I felt the scalpel in my chest. And that was just horrible. And that’s just a pain I’ll never forget. It was clean, but grisly. It felt…so weird. Yeah. That was awful. [Laughter]

What is your greatest accomplishment?

I don’t know, just... Greatest accomplishment. Just trying to be a nice person, I guess. Trying not to do bad things and try to be nice. That’s a pretty big accomplishment in this day, I suppose. There’s a lot of crap out there, so. [I’m] successful, yeah. Successful at being good! [Laughter] I don’t know. I could say I’m successful in my job, but like anyone can do it at the end of the day. Successful that I’m actually committed to the animation thing now, so I guess that’s a big thing. And renovating the house was a big thing to stick at for six years. That was pretty brutal. So yeah. Good. Good, moving on. [Laughs]

What will you miss the most when you’re gone?

Apart from the obvious living. [Laughter] Ah. I guess you miss your family, your friends, all that sort of stuff. You miss the good times. Making more memories. Meeting people like yourself. And just all that sorta stuff. It’s a big world and there’s so much to explore. I never wanna stop exploring, so if you’re not here, the exploration is over. Yeah, just keep making memories I guess, that’s the biggest thing. And have a good life.