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I am Damien Tromel and I am a creative troubleshooter for DreamWorks.
What qualities do you admire in a creative person?
Unbridled passion. Vision. The capacity to communicate your ideas & thoughts without compromise while staying flexible to change and new directions.
Is there a book you have read that had been motivational to you for business?
In a way…the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Compassion in business will allow you to set aside ego, which so often is a major obstacle in achieving successful deals and building beneficial relationships.
What about one that has inspired you in general?
In general? Well, I would have to say comic books. I grew up travelling a lot in the pre-internet days, so I was one of those geeks who collected ALL comic books and they were my window to inspiration and fuel for imagination. I learned that values of justice, sacrifice & kindness could be cool. Also that wearing bright colored tights or your underwear outside of your pants is only awesome if you can fly. Or shoot optic blasts. Or be a really hot female.
How do you incorporate real life into animation?
Studying and considering how people react to various situations which leads to understanding emotions. People never remember precisely how a story is told, but they will always will remember how it made them feel. Animation – or any storytelling in general – is for me about how do people feel afterwards?
What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career and how did you overcome it?
Impatience. I overcame that by understanding success (professional or personal) is about identifying and seizing opportunities when they appear rather than forcing events to your own wants, desires and timetable. Your greatest obstacle to success is often yourself.
Describe working for Dreamworks in one sentence?
We aren’t saving the world or curing brain cancer, but knowing you make millions of kids and families smile and laugh on a daily basis is pretty awesome.
Do you think people are born with creativity, or is it something one can acquire?
Everyone is creative – but like many emotions it needs nourishment, constant stimulation and that spark which sets it ablaze. Find what truly passions you, and creativity will be as second nature as breathing.