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TEDxTalk in Sinchon, Seoul  at the Seodaemun Art Center, South Korea, JULY 28th







TED.com Event information: www.ted.com/tedx/events/4471
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piratezombi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thank you
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Sour-Shock Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
So motivational! You are truly one of my greatest inspirations, LeSean!
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Quietstorm Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Really awesome the way that you explain your vulnerability about making the move. I admire your courageousness to step out and discover a new place. And to fail. That's amazing...but then again, when does LeSean Thomas ever do anything but amazing.
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Psychotic-Bambi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome public presentation, you have great stage presence, and really inspiring too! C:
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Sixcolors Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for doing this. :)
I need to hear stuff like this once in a while. I get really discouraged, because I'm 34 years old and didn't start thinking about a career in animation until I was in my late 20s. I just thought that there was no way I could do such a thing, that it wasn't the kind of thing that a guy like me should get paid to do. I'm still not paid to do it, (for good reasons, mind you), but every time I feel like giving up on it completely, God throws something my way to let me feel like it could still happen. I've met industry people in places I'd never thought I'd find them who encourage me to continue trying to develop my talents. I just have to keep reminding myself that failure is part of the process. That we don't learn anything of substance without failing at it first.

Or, to quote Jake from Adventure Time: "Dude, suckin' at something is the first step to being sorta good at something."
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RyanOttley Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Artist
Good stuff man!
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:iconleseanthomas:
LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, dude!
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Dawnsknight Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
watching this vid via Ken Lashley...
great work LeSean! Keep up the awesomeness.
You're inspiring a lot of us with your work!!
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HappyMorningStar Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
So educational, Like you are crazy inspirational too.
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ninjadogger Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Thanks for sharing :D!
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:iconkathan:
kathan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Really . Inspiring. Thank you for sharing.
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BoogersXD Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Wow. Awesome. Thank you for sharing!!!
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mangakagrunge Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
you inspire me every day man keep up the great work as always.
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jets Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
That was very good and extremely inspiring. Thanks for posting
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jets Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
That was extremely good and just what I needed to hear right now. Thanks for posting this and doing what you do.
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seen it. Loved it.
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:iconsupercaterina:
SuperCaterina Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
At least you will never know if you don't "risk"!! No matter how it goes, you surely will learn something new and useful! :D
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F4Zero Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Thank you LeSean.
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:iconshaolin-kid:
shaolin-kid Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Hey Bro, ur stuff is amazing! Im looking to grow and develop more skill. Did u go school to learn everything? What kinda education did u recieve?
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animesketchist Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you really gave me inspiration thanks LeSean Thomas
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:iconnjoo:
nJoo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
are you still in korea?!?! The Vid's awesome!
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RAS-TOKKEN Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been inspired by your work since 2003 and now I'm inspired by your words. Thank you for sharing this video with us and hopefully in some point in my life I can dare to do some of the things you did.
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k04sk Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
just want to say your mentality and work ethic is always such an inspiration!! i hope to achieve such heights!!
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:iconmac-siqueira:
mac-siqueira Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Very inspiring. Really, thanks for sharing.
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:iconkidd0n:
KidD0n Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
respect & definitely taking this in man.thank you.
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TedKimArt Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
감사합니다, mad respect to you Lesean!
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Leycuervo Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great presentation!

Kudos man!
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:iconarthammer:
Arthammer Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
당신은 아직 미쳤어. :-)
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M41-Ty Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
How did you figure out or who told you the phrase they were saying that you thought meant something like 'You can do it' meant 'Are you crazy?!'
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That was a really good talk, don't know why I didn't think moving to a new country would be that rough.
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ph34rth33vil Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
You're an inspiration man.
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jinoku Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Fantastic!
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:iconjel:
jel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012   General Artist
T'was great hearing you, thanks for sharing!
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zkzkan Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
This totally brightened up my day. Thanks heaps! :)
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Meep-inc Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks for this
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GenkiGoth Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Totally what I needed this morning, Thanks you so much!
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pimphand Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool. Thanks for sharing this.
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Decadent-Cupcake Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
So if we want to do actual animation, we have to move? Outsourcing makes it hard for aspiring animators :( Dang Americans and their high prices.
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
really nice presentation with a great message, dude.
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RetroAfro Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Thank you. I feel inspired.
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CharlesoftheTitans08 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student
Some empowering stuff, man! As a struggling artist myself, I find it difficult to accept failure. I feel as though I have to get it right the first time otherwise whats the point of continuing. But listening to your story helped me to realize that this is price you have to pay to get better at what you do, to become an innovator in this industry or any other. Theres just alot to think about....

Thanks for sharing
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Meep-inc Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That hits me right where I live.
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Core-Point Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
I got a little teary eye'd watching this. The best part of it was the second half... But it all had an impact.
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Core-Point Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
YES! Thanks for keeping us updated. *clicks to watch*
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goodgrace1 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very inspiring this help a lot
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HamletTwin Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Thanks for those truly inspirational words, LeSean. I look forward to seeing more awesome work from you in the future.

LeSean Thomas Fighting!
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Dadapan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're awseome, man!
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Graphics-PP Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
"넌 미쳤어."

Thanks for posting this, I enjoyed it :).
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Excalibuur Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student
You are such a huge inspiration to me that was a really great speech!
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