Meet Your Neighbor: Kelsen Thompson
I’ve lived in Tahoe all my life. Moved away for about six years. Came back for a month, and about a year and half later, I’m still here.
Growing up here, I was always kind of busy with school and sports, I kind of took the place for granted. I forgot about the beautiful lake. The falls are awesome up here, before it snows. I realized I wanted to spend more time up here and appreciate what I always took for granted. And powder days. Any day I can wake up and ski Squaw from top to bottom before I go to work is a happy day.
When I left, I went to Santa Barbara and took a couple of video-editing, special effects classes and was really stoked on that. I had the idea that someday I would be able to work on my own projects. Upon graduation, I came up here and there weren’t any animation houses. So I went to an architect and said, ‘Hey, I can build 3-D houses.’ Four houses later, I have my own company and I hired three of my friends.
KG Power is the name. My part of it is just organizing all the artists involved. We just kind of saw an opportunity and went for it. Not a lot of people up here do that kind of stuff. Currently, we’re building a couple of hotels and lakefront properties. But, doing shots for movies or animated special effects shots ” that would be the ultimate dream. We got all the pieces to the puzzle, and we’re going for it.
I think the whole experience was kind of interesting. More than interesting was just the close net of a small community. My parents did a good job of raising me, but it was almost like a community effort. I’ve known these people my whole entire life. It’s more than just an acquaintance or a friend, it’s like, wow! I was with you in kindergarten when you fell off the swing.
I’m looking forward to getting up and doing my morning mountain run before work every day. That’s my anticipation. If I can’t go all day, I’ll just do one or two runs. Skiing is a major part of why I’m up here in the winters. I’m not a speed-demon skier, I just love the mountain run. And I love backcountry.
I think so. I think definitely for a while. No plans on leaving as of yet. I’m trying to see if we can take this company and go with it. And make our time in Tahoe an awesome one.
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