21 Questions: Rondal Scott III [Strange Kids Club]

Rondal Scott III [Strange Kids Club]
-Tell us about your career and what you are currently working on or involved with?  
Hey, thanks for having me Jeremy. By profession I am a Web/Graphic Designer, though I suppose Journalist also applies here to some degree. By day I work at a small web design and internet marketing studio in Montgomery, AL where I get to collaborate with clients to design and develop a variety of projects (mostly websites, though). After-hours I am the Editor of Strange Kids Club (http://www.strangekidsclub.com) alongside an ever-growing league of my fellow bloggers and artists. I also serve as a Co-Editor for Fuel Your Illustration (http://www.fuelyourillustration.com) and a part-time contributor to Bloodsprayer (http://www.bloodsprayer.com).

-Is this what you thought you would be doing with your life, what was your first passion? 
My first passion is definitely illustration, which sorta leads into my interest of animation and video games (neither of which I've attempted yet). When I was young I always wanted to be a comic book artist like my idols; Todd McFarlance, Greg Capullo, and Joe Madureira. Of course, things changed along the way as I discovered the field of graphic design in high school and I somewhat "lost my way" I suppose. After so many years as a designer though, I'm slowly finding my way back to where my true passion lies.

-To whom do you credit your success to, who gives or gave you the most support? 
That's a tough one. My parents certainly encouraged me when I was younger, and continue to do so, but I've always been a big believer that "you are your biggest supporter." By that, I mean it's important for people to believe in themselves first and foremost. Then, if others pick up on that sense of self confidence they'll become supporters as well. That's the way that I went about become a graphic designer, how I created Strange Kids Club, and I believe it's what will carry me forward in the future.



-If you could meet or work with [living or dead], who would that be and why? 
Man, it's a long list, but guess I'd want to throw down with Rob Zombie. He just seems like such a wicked awesome guy, not to mention he's an insanely creative artist, musician, and director. Some people don't know this, but Zombie actually started out as a Graphic Artist/Designer before hitting it big with music. I still love the hallucination sequence he did in Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.

-What would you like to be remembered for 100 years from now? 
In 100 years from now I plan on still being alive as some sort of science experiment gone horribly wrong... however, if that doesn't pan out then I'd love to be remembered for inspiring and celebrating the creativity of others. This is something I strive to do on a weekly basis with Strange Kids Club through our interviews and anthologies.

-Who inspires you? 
It's kind of a cop out answer, but I'd have to say: other artists. Whether they're animators, comic book artists, film makers, or other designers I am constantly finding new wellsprings of inspiration everyday. The big ones here would have to be Rob Zombie, Justin Ishmael (http://www.mondotess.com), Eric Powell (http://www.thegoon.com), Seth Godin (http://www.sethgodin.com), and John Lasseter.

-How are things different today, than the same day 1 year ago? 
If you mean different for me personally, people are starting to pay attention. A year ago I was really doing what I did for myself and by myself, but now I've gotten to meet and collaborate with so many talented people- it's crazy! My one regret is my lack of being able to meet these people in person, though I'm hoping to become a little more mobile in 2012 if some of these projects really catch on.

-What is the last song you bought or listened to in your musical device [ipod, computer, stereo, etc.]? 
My musical taste is constantly changing, but I've been on a Danko Jones (http://www.dankojones.com) trip lately. It really gets me going in the morning when I workout and keeps me going while I'm at work. On the flip side, I'm still a sucker for some 90s era "shoegaze."

-Last good film you had seen, and the best movie you would recommend to someone asking? 
Believe it or not, the last good film I saw was "Hobo with a Shotgun." It's such an incredibly fun and well done love letter to 80s pro-wrestling and Grind-house cinema that I can't help but love it. Jason Eisener has certainly set himself up as a director to watch in the next few years and you can bet my eyes will be peeled. As for giving someone a recommendation I'd go with "Howard the Duck." People give that film a bad rap, but it's really a funny film... plus, where else are you likely to see sexpot Lea Thompson trying to score with a duck?



-What is the single greatest moment in your life?
Another tough one. It's my belief that moment hasn't happened yet. I've had a lot of great moments, but it's encouraging to think that the greatest is yet to come.

-Favorite Horror Film?
Evil Dead 2
-Favorite Book?
The Monster Show by David Skal
-Favorite Song?
Hurt (as performed by Johnny Cash)
-Favorite Film Character?
Freddy Krueger
-Favorite Film Composer?
Trent Reznor
-Favorite Thing In Your Home?
An original My Pet Monster (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Pet_Monster)
-Favorite First Pet?
A cat named Smokey
-Favorite Coffee Or Tea?
-Neither... I'm a Sugarfree Red Bull man
-Favorite Phrase?
"Eat my shorts."
-Favorite Hiding Place [Not that we are looking]?
My studio... it's filled with all the kooky, creepy stuff I love!

If you could tell someone something someone told you, "words to live by" what would that be? 
It's have to be a quote from marketing guru Seth Godin: "Our job is to make change. Our job is to connect to people, to interact with them in a way that leaves them better than we found them, more able to get where they’d like to go."

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