This is the second in a series of interviews about the people at Astro Code School. This one is about Brian Russell the Astro Code School Director. He's the guy who does day to day management and works to tell the world about the school.
Where were you born?
I was born in Richmond, Virginia.
What was your favorite childhood pastime?
Drawing with a pencil on paper.
Where did you go to college and what did you study?
I went to Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Painting. The majority of my studio work involved creating video installation art. This was done using early non-linear video editing software to create short movies. Those movies were then displayed in sculpture that involved performance art and dance choreography.
How did you go from being a fine artist to a director of a school?
It's a rather long and winding road. But after college I immediately started working as a graphic designer. This led to web design and development work. Later I started a business called Carrboro Creative Coworking and cut my teeth running a business. During that time I worked for many different corporations and several Universities doing tech support and teaching multimedia software. Technical literacy education is a real thread of interest in my career.
What is one of your favorite things about Python?
I've really like Python's readability and how approachable that makes it. Plus the people I've met in the Python community locally and internationally are really cool.
Who are your mentors and how have they influenced you?
Besides my art professors I've learned a lot from my accountant. Seriously, she's awesome! :)
Do you have any hobbies?
I am an avid film photographer. Right now I'm deep into medium format film.
Which is your favorite Sci-fi or Fantasy fiction? Why?
Science Fiction hands down. I've been a sci-fi geek ever sense I saw the "first" Star Wars in the theater. Plus I love William Gibson's writing and Star Trek. LLAP!