Alan Becker became internet famous while he was still in high school. In 2006, Alan created the now famous Animator vs Animation video which went viral, and has now amassed over 20 million views. Quickly, he became in hot demand from people all around the world who wanted to learn how to create similar animations. As a result, Alan Becker was doing freelance work as an animator before he has even begun college. He would end up going to Columbus College to study Art and Design, but would quickly end up animating as a freelancer again immediately after graduating. After all of his success, Alan Becker now has a wildly popular YouTube channel with over 2 million subscribers, where he posts his animation work and tutorials for people looking to replicate his work. I was excited to talk with someone who became internet famous at such a young age. Please enjoy my interview with Alan Becker…
When someone asks you ‘what do you do for a living?’ – How do you respond?
Usually I just say “I’m an animator” and let them ask questions from there. Usually my next answer is “I have a YouTube channel that I make animations for, and I make money through advertisements on the YouTube channel.”
I am currently reading The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be by Armin Brott and Jennifer Ash.
What’s your earliest memory of reading?
My family had a lot of Berenstein Bears books. I read those quite often.
If you could encourage young people to read one book in particular, what would it be?
I would recommend that they read Holes by Louis Sachar. It was the first book that I read cover to cover, it’s a very engaging read.
Did you demonstrate an affinity with art as a child?
My father is a painter, I think I get my artistic affinity from him.
What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
I’ve been blessed to only have jobs in the animation field. One gig had some very critical clients who had me redo work more times than I felt I needed to.
What advice would you give a young aspiring artist?
My advice would be to finish what you start. Develop the habit early so that you commit, every time you begin a project.
Who would you say are the three artists that continue to inspire you?
The three artists I’d pick are Hayao Miyazaki, Chuck Jones, Bill Watterson.
Do you read as much as you’d like to?
I don’t read very often but I feel that I’m satisfied with how much I’m reading.
An important read for people on my career path is The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber. Teaches you to work on your job, not in your job. Meaning hire people to do your work and work on refining the system so that the content creates itself.
Is there a book that you’ve read more than once? What is it and why did you revisit it?
The Divine Principle, my religious text. I discover some deeper meaning each and every time I read it.
What book have you recommended the most to friends and family?
I have often recommended they read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
Do you think there is a relationship between books and art?
Writing books is an art.
What’s your favourite genre of book?
My favourite genre is self help, as it leads to change in life.
What do you think a world without books would be like?
It would be very uninformed and ignorant.
Is there an author whose writing you’re such a fan of, that you’ll read everything they release?
Do you think digital books will ever completely replace real books?
No I don’t, in the same way that vinyl is still a thing.
What book do you feel humanity needs most right now?
A book to unify the opposing viewpoints of the world by allowing all to see the validity in each others viewpoints.
The Divine Principle by Rev. Sun Myung Moon. It is the scripture of my religion.
Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list?
I would also have to include Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.
What books or subject matter do you plan on reading in the next year?
I will continue to read books on the subject of parenting.
If you were to write an autobiography – what would it be called?
That’s a big question. I don’t know if I could make such a big decision right now.