When Jordu Schell was seven years old, he saw The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and was never the same again.

The now renowned sculptor describes seeing that movie’s monstrous creations as “an epiphany,” adding that he clearly recalls it as the moment he realizedthis is what I want to do!”

Later in his adolescence he begged his parents to see Alien, which further fired the creative neurons that have brought him to today, a highly sought-after creative talent who epitomizes what can be achieved in America with a little inspiration (and a lot of imagination!)

Since those formative years, Schell has gone on to forge a prolific career in the world of movies especially, working on recent blockbusters including Avatar and 300, as well as classic cult films like Edward Scissorhands and Hellboy .

But it is this early exposure to classic movie monsters that he speaks about so passionately in the latest installment of the Copyright Alliance podcast Creative Works (listen here, or stream below).

Kids can be destined to become artists, so Schell believes. Certain types of children are sensitive to these creative urges from a very young age, and often it’s American-made movies, music, theater, or books that fire that youthful imagination. Jordu Schell’s story is just one example of this, albeit an extremely cool one featuring mythical creatures and nightmarish aliens!

We fight so hard to protect copyright because we know the types of people it supports, and the inspiration that their work provides to future generations of creators.

Towards the end of his interview, Schell mentions that it’s the “luckiest of artists” that get to do what they love. With the greatest of respect, we like to give him and those like him more credit than that! It undoubtedly requires a somewhat magical mix of drive, natural talent, and sheer work ethic to get to the top of any creative field, with inspiration and luck an early element that can help to fuel a successful career.

Even so, even the most popular and talented among our top artists still require that  first creative spark, followed by the spport of friends, family, and eventually a growing fan base.

That’s where we come in as consumers, supporting the creators that we love by sharing their work and spending. If that expense sometimes seems too much, think about it instead as an investment; a message to tell the artist that you appreciate what they do (and a major incentive to keep doing it!)