Alumni Corner: Nathan Motzko

Alumni Corner: Nathan Motzko
Portrait photo of Nathan Motzko.
Stats: 2010 graduate • Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design • Freelance Animator

Nathan Motzko, a freelance animator and illustrator based in Minneapolis, brings his creative vision to life across multiple mediums. His work spans collaborations with animation studios and advertising agencies across the United States, with some partnerships within his home city.

When he's not immersed in his creative work for clients or personal projects, you'll find Motzko unwinding and indulging in his love for video games. Through his artistry and passion, Motzko continues to make his mark in the vibrant creative scene of Minneapolis.

Q: Was there a teacher or staff member who made a difference in your life?
John Sammler was one of my absolute favorite teachers. He was down-to-earth, hilarious, and always brought a great vibe to class. I struggled to maintain good grades in high school, but then I took his class and his enthusiasm when I succeeded on assignments inspired me to believe in my ability to improve overall. He helped show me the joy you can bring people by just being yourself in every situation.

Q: What is your advice for current Royals?
No matter what you end up doing in this world or wherever you end up going, try your best at what you’re interested in. If it doesn’t work out or if that interest changes, know that that's okay! Just remember to love and trust yourself throughout all of it.