When I was 7 years old I entered a Disney drawing competition through my school. It was a state wide competition and the prize was to be able to put your drawing on the construction walls that surrounded the Burbank Disney Studios, which were being built at the time.
There was one winner chosen from each grade, at each school, in California. I won for my year, with my drawing of Mickey Mouse.
When I look back at my life as an artist, that was the moment that inspired me to never stop drawing and to keep learning. So for me, it really did start with a mouse 🙂