Monty Oum: 1981 – 2015

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Can you match my resolve?

If so then you will succeed

I believe that the human spirit is indomitable. If you endeavor to achieve, it will happen given enough resolve. It may not be immediate, and often your greater dreams is something you will not achieve within your own lifetime. The effort you put forth to anything transcends yourself, for there is no futility even in death.

– Monty Oum, October 6th, 2012 1

I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard over the death of a “celebrity” before. Perhaps because despite his fame, Oum didn’t seem very celebrity-like. In the tales and stories that have come out in the last few hours, everyone describes him an insanely hardworking person with more drive and determination than the average person could possibly possess. Despite that, fans and friends describe him as easy to approach and someone you were better for knowing.

It’s seeing how he has touched and inspired fans so much or how deeply his friends and colleagues are grieving that drive home that he wasn’t some distant celebrity but just an anything but regular guy. Someone who just simply wanted to create anything he could and stopped at nothing to achieve this.

And I know I cried because it seems so completely unfair. He had worked so hard for the sake of creating because that’s what he loved to do. He gave everything to everything he did. That someone so full of ideas and talent and someone so amazing could possibly be dead at such a young age is tragic. It’s a reminder that life is short and doesn’t make sense but it’s a reminder I wish hadn’t come in this way.

Though I know this will fall on deaf ears and anybody with any common sense will know well enough already but I hope that people won’t brush off the unfortunate passing of this extremely talented man just because they don’t like RWBY.

I don’t ask you necessarily seek out podcast 309 or look into the journals from other Rooster Teeth staff saying goodbye (even though they do a good job showing why this person was so remarkable). I just hope that regardless of your feelings, if you cannot show respect, at least have empathy for his family, colleagues and fans who are grieving this tragic loss. 2

It’s too early and perhaps even disrespectful to start wondering about the fate of RWBY. Though it’s creator is gone, the “hand picked” team he worked with certainly knew the ideas he had for the series. I had originally thought it too sad to go on without him but I am sure that he is not the kind of person who would want anything to stop because of him.

I regret that I’ll never get the chance to meet this person, no matter how hard I work. I regret more that it took their passing to inspire me. Not that I want to make this post about myself since this is simply me mourning someone I admired very greatly but I am taking the words and ideals he tried to hard to convey (and live by) very seriously. I already have goals I am working towards. They’re in my mind every day. I’ll take my time at them but I won’t give up. Crying, I thought I could never be someone outstanding like him. And that’s true. I know I can’t. But I shouldn’t give up. And I know I won’t.

I’m still young but so was he. This just goes to show that life is cruel, unfair and short. So even though no matter what we do or do not create, things will still come to an end. The only difference is, you can live on forever through those things you create. He believed that and I believe in him. And now I’m going to strive harder, with this stranger in my thoughts. What can I too create by the time I’m 33? I want to find out and I will work hard so it’s nothing but my best.

You were an incredibly inspiration to many people in many ways. Rest in Peace, Monty Oum.

Notes:

  1. http://montyoum.net/archives/602
  2. And I’m not saying that because an creator passes on, we can’t be critical of their work. We all know RWBY is flawed in many ways but going ‘rwby sucks so w/e’ is not being critical and is just being an ass at this time.

2 Comments

  • Noldesu

    February 3, 2015

    Why do you talk to yourself like that?
    You should not feel bad for getting inspired by someone’s work at the time of his death. It’s the contrary actually.

    It means that that person left behind something to be remembered. Those who remember will realize that he was also human and that we all posses the potential to accomplish something big like what Monty did, or even bigger.Everyone is different, but no less than others.

    Reach those goals Fang, believe in yourself~
    I may be a nobody but I don’t like when people talk like that of themselves.

    R.I.P Monty, matching your resolve will be one hell of a task.

  • Fang-tan

    February 4, 2015

    ;__; You’re absolutely right. Thank you for your kind words. Still, it just seems so awful that it takes something tragic to shake us up enough and inspire us. Though it has probably united us as well.

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