It wasn't like that, really. There are people who are able to just learn things.
You don't have to do much teaching.
Robert's like that. Extravagantly talented.
He was 21, I think, when we met. He'd been on his own since running away from home in England at 16. Had lived in Paris for a while. Very British accent. Fluent in several languages. A dashing young adventurer skateboarding through the streets of Manhattan.
He worked for me for a while and learned what he needed to learn. He could do it, easily. He could do anything, as far as I could tell. So showing him that "story sticks" work better than tape measures wasn't very hard. He caught on real fast.Then he went off to Hollywood and became a production designer. Movies, videos, commercials. He designs and builds dreams; phantasmagorical edifices. And says I had something to do with it.
I doubt it. But it makes me damn proud that he says it.
Just a handle on a little box.
Made for my very good friend.