Pablo Carpio X Schoolism Interview Summary
In this summary, you can get an insight into Pablo's art journey, how he landed his first job, the concept art industry, and the secret sauce to his success.
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Key Quotes & Insights
Bobby: If someone is given support and everything they need to succeed, a lot of times it actually makes it harder for them to be successful, because they don’t need to put in the effort.
Pablo: There will always be people who have more chances and fewer chances than you. You only need to know what cards you have and use them.
Pablo: It’s not about being lucky, but being prepared when you are lucky.
1:56 - The “Pablos”: Pablo Carpio and Pablo Dominguez
6:12 - Between the two Pablos, who’s more hard-core, and why?
Having friendly competition can help you grow faster. Find a partner and push each other forward.
9:05 - If a documentary about Carpio were to be made, what would be some projects he would include in it?
11:56 - What’s a project that you worked on that was memorable to you and that people don’t really know about?
15:03 - Carpio talks about seeing his own design in the Captain Marvel shooting set.
18:00 - How did this change his thought process?
21:13 - A conversation about how advantages and hardships shape success.
Bobby: if someone is given support and everything they need to succeed, a lot of times it actually makes it harder for them to be successful, because they don’t need to put in the effort.
23:00 - Carpio talks about how he is always supported by his parents and has everything he needs by his side. This drives Carpio to think that if he doesn’t succeed even with all this support, it just means he didn’t try hard enough.
Bobby: Every advantage could be a disadvantage, and every disadvantage could also be an advantage. It just depends on your perspective and how you make the situation works for you.
Bobby: It’s easier to teach someone to run if you chase after them with a bat.
29:24 - Carpio and Bobby chat about how some students fail to take full advantage of their paid concept art classes, even if the classes are costly and contain invaluable insights from industry giants.
Bobby: That instagram post that you put up during class might cost you about $70.
The Concept Art Industry
33:50 - How to succeed in the industry?
Carpio: There will always be people who have more chances and fewer chances than you. You only need to know what cards you have and use them.
36:18 - Pablo’s choice to fly to LA instead of going to a graduate school changed his life.
39:39 - The art of communication.
41:52 - How working hard on his personal projects and talking to people in the industry landed Pablo his first job.
47:03 - Industry Talk. Carpio warns people that neither his nor Dominguez’s experience is a typical example of that of a concept artist.
Carpio: sometimes we just need to slow down and be like, ‘hey, why don’t you actually just paint, instead of wanting everything now.’
Carpio: That doesn’t mean my work is better or worse. It just means that I was in the right place at the right moment.
Bobby points out that both Carpio and Dominguez are people who are “constantly doing things for the opportunity to show up.” They prepare themselves so well that when the opportunity comes, they are able to take it immediately and easily.
Carpio: It’s not about being lucky, but being prepared when you are lucky.
Bobby: So, everybody, if you are thinking about painting something, stop thinking about it. Just do it.
Avoid thoughts like “my artwork is never gonna stand out” and “no one even cares about my art.” Always be proud of your work and have faith in your progress.
Carpio: whatever your level is, it doesn't matter if you're starting right now or if you're a top-level artist, there is always room to be better.
Carpio: Sometimes you just need to go out of your comfort zone. This kind of job (concept art career) asks us to be a bit social somehow.
Also, don’t worry about asking “stupid” questions. Those “stupid” questions are often questions many other people want to ask as well but don’t have the courage to. It’s your loss if you don’t ask any questions just because you think it sounds “stupid.”
End Talk: Someone Pablo Is Grateful For
55:48 - If Carpio could thank someone, who would they be? What special lesson did Pablo learn from them?
Carpio: Try to use your skill and make something out of yourself instead of always thinking about becoming someone else. You have your own life, go and work on that.