Making films is about as tough as an overcooked steak served at a roadside diner. I chose this major because I can’t sing, dance, draw, speak a foreign language, create a theory of relativity, solve cubic or quadratic equations, play basketball or play an instrument—so film was a natural choice for me.
When I was a freshman, I had many questions and concerns about entering the film program. Being that I am the only one in my family to go to college, I had to turn to others for information. Administration was helpful with telling me dates, deadlines and fees, but I needed more and did not know where to look. Then I heard about Partners for Success through my University 100 class.
I received some feedback about the film program from various students, but no one really helped me put the whole picture together quite like my mentor, Dr. José Sánchez-H. He addressed all of my concerns and guided me through the processes, even pointed me in the direction of certain scholarships, which I have received two thus far. He has been my guiding light through the whole process, always there to help with questions such as, “What am I going to do now?” Knowing that he has been in my shoes gives us a great connection. The film industry can be very discouraging.
Now that I’m in my final year, my mentor has really been there to support me. Spring 2006 is my last semester at California State University, Long Beach. I am graduating with a bachelor’s in fine arts in film and electronic arts in May.
At present, most of my time is dedicated to making commercials, short films and documentaries. I just finished working on several commercials for The Village Grind, a coffee shop in the East Village Arts District of downtown Long Beach. I am also in the development process for a documentary about domestic violence and a short comedy about customer service.
If I could give advice to future Partners For Success students, it would be to always ask questions and always get a third opinion, especially from your mentors.