Interview with Yonatan Epstein (@betterwith_headphones)



Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I have always loved animation. I knew animations is what I want to do the first time I’ve seen a Japanese anime. The colors, emotions, and what animation can express that even the most talented actors can’t. My dream was to “play” with people’s emotions with my animations. I have even created two shorts of animation films with my original music created by me. Because there is no better way to tell a story other than animation and music. 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

While working as a freelancer, I was offered a job from a huge company. One of the biggest in the world. My eyes sparkled whole reading their email, and of course, I expected. It was a really thoughtful and long job, with almost no sleeping at all, but it was worth it.

Unfortunately, I can’t share the details with you like all of the work I’ve done for them is confidential. After the job was done, I’ve been contacted by A-1 Pictures shortly after to work with them full-time in Japan. I’ve worked for them for 5 years and gained a ton of animation experience.

You may have seen my name in a couple of A-1 titles. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Haha. That’s a good question.

Let’s start with the cliche stuff. It’s a cliche only because it’s true.

Never give up. Yeah, I’m sure you heard it before… But don’t give up. Especially in animation and music, basically, almost any creative works require practice, practice, and more practice. It’s best to start when you’re young and have more time in your hands. You’ll probably won’t have much sleep and it’ll be a long way with a lot of sweat & blood. But it’ll worth it. For starting, I recommend watching YouTube videos, and if possible to buy a  masterclass. That animation software is really hard to get. I personally work mainly with After Effects and Illustrator and those things are not user friendly. Before even downloading them, watch some hours of how to operate them and create basic motion. It’ll get much easier after a few tries. Trust me. 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

No one else but my parents. My loving mom and dad. They worked extra hard in order to get me my first computer (that could actually render stuff). You need a powerhouse machine to render animations and having an overall smooth process. My parents spend thousands of dollars they worked hard with extra hours so I can achieve my dreams. I’ll forever be grateful to them.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Every time I have some extra time free in my schedule, I go to retirement homes and teach elders how to use computers & smartphones. 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Everything in life should be a discovery, an adventure, and like most adventures, you don’t know you’re having one until you’re right in the middle of it.”

You can’t know if what you made is good until you made at least some progress. Sometimes what you’ll make will be different from what you imagine it to be, – For better or for worse. Don’t frustrate if something wasn’t perfect, sometimes you just need to keep it that way and you won’t know if it’s good until you’ve done.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

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YouTube: Youth Emotions Studios

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