When you're on your own, you can either be the tiger or the rabbit — the opportunist or the victim. A long time ago, Robert Standlee chose to be the tiger. He would mold life the way he wanted; he would make the most of the fortune that came his way.
And if fortune skipped his address as it came calling, Standlee made damn sure he got its attention.
“If you see yourself as a victim in any way, you're saying you don't have control. But if you have power over your life, you can forgive people and move on,” he said. “It helps them, too, because they can move on and not feel guilt.”
Today, the Burbank artist has his own studio tucked into a warehouse off San Fernando Boulevard. He has a home in Burbank, and when his 24-year-old son comes by the shop, he tries to hand down the sculpting techniques for which he's known throughout Hollywood. His son wants to learn, the elder Standlee says, but he doesn't have the patience.