“MICA helped me think beyond my fi rst idea. At MICA I realized the more you push yourself in new directions, the better your work tends to be.”
Rebecca Bochatey ’98 (illustration) and Jeremie Talbot ’98 (illustration) found more than a love for art when they arrived at MICA in 1995. They became close friends freshman year and eventually started dating. A few years later, the fellow artists cemented their MICA bond when they married in 2002.
Though they both received degrees in illustration, their career paths were decidedly different. Bochatey started doing web design while Talbot wanted to get into the movie business. Job opportunities led them to Los Angeles, where Bochatey worked for a series of small design agencies and Talbot tried his hand working for visual effects companies.
Eventually the couple landed in San Francisco, where Talbot took a job with LucasArts Entertainment Company, LLC, building characters for video games and Bochatey continued her design career, working for bebe stores, Yahoo!, and Flickr. Though they each bounced around while on their career trajectories, when it comes to the design culture, “you get more perspectives by going from place to place,” Bochatey said.
Today the creative couple is at the top of their game. Talbot is a technical director at Pixar Animation Studios, where he created the models for some of the characters in Brave, while Bochatey is a senior designer for online employment company Glassdoor. Bochatey also is a practicing artist, producing illustrations on the side. “When working, you’re solving problems for other people,” she explained. Her art gives her time for herself.
They have each found that artists can make a name for themselves by applying their craft to solve real-world problems. “Computer graphics and 3D work in general are exploding right now with YouTube and video,” Talbot said. There are many opportunities for an artist’s skills to be utilized, he added.
Both of them credit MICA with prepping them for career success. “Being around other creative and entrepreneurial individuals gives you a lot of skills that you use throughout life,” Bochatey said. For Talbot, the ability to be open to unexpected opportunities and look for different approaches was another skill he nurtured during his years in Baltimore. “MICA helped me think beyond my first idea,” Talbot said. “At MICA I realized the more you push yourself in new directions, the better your work tends to be.”