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At age 6, Aaron Weiss wanted to be an astronaut. He wanted to go to the moon. (At age 6 1/2, he decided he'd rather just own the moon.) By age 7, he decided he wanted to be a video game programmer. Age 15 found him at a luncheon table surrounded by six department heads from different branches of Disney Studios, all centered on giving Aaron personal guidance, attention and advice about working for the Disney Organization. That's when he decided to be a computer programmer, a fashion designer, an artist and a robotic engineer. Later, he added audio engineering to the list, and after that, he decided he also wanted to direct music videos.
And then the magic happened; Aaron Weiss became a graphic designer. Like the invisible shock wave, he never even saw it coming. It hit him like a slow moth playing chicken with a monster truck.
"I'll just do this for a while," thought Aaron, whose internal voice sounds remarkably like Alec Baldwin. As time went by, bigger and better design opportunities rolled in until he was eventually called to Washington DC to work on several notable political campaigns. Afterward, he returned to California and decided to try his hand at something new: Instructing at the internationally acclaimed Tri-Community Photography Program in Covina, California.
On his first day of class, (which contained just a few people, one of whom left immediately after he failed to answer a question that wasn't even related to the course's subject), he swore to himself that he would never set foot in a classroom again. That was nine years ago and over a thousand students later. Ironically, it turned out he had a knack for it. (Even today, many of Aaron's students travel great distances to attend his classes, often arriving over an hour early just to get a seat.)
Never one to rest on his laurels, he still maintains an active design business and has produced everything from logos to murals for everything from school districts to television networks. In 2009, he won the coveted Photoshop World International Guru Award for Best In Show, and in 2012, he returned to the international arena and became a Finalist in two categories.
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After achieving these prestigious awards, Aaron Weiss now wants to be an astronaut. Again. (He already builds robots.) And although he still wants to own the moon, he says he'll settle for directing a music video.