We had the good fortune of connecting with Cristina Rankin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cristina, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
My career has taught me that , for me personally, my happiness is based on being able to make a living doing something that I love . I will never be rich doing what I do but I feel happy , fulfilled and fortunate every day that I get to work . Feeding my soul is more important than feeding my bank account 🙂
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think I could classify what I do as art . I help bring the creative visions of writers to reality regarding animals … someone writes an animal into a script and it’s my job to figure out how to relay to the animal what we want it to do . The animals never seem to disappoint. We always use positive reinforcement to train them so that when they go on to a set they are comfortable and happy . It is very rewarding to take an animal that has no idea what you are asking it to do and then connecting with him or her in a way that they understand and are willing to perform for you
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Canyon Lake , Sedona , Out iof Africa wildlife Park , salt river , castle hot springs , fossil creek
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I once wrote an essay in grade school saying that I wanted to be like Jane Goodall. Though I didn’t end up being a wildlife biologist like I thought , her passion for animals and primates inspired me to follow my own passions .. she continues to inspire people all around the world … though I work with captive animals , I also have animal ambassadors and do wildlife education programs at schools with children … even though on a much smaller scale , I hope inspire children to care for animals , our planet and wildlife as well
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