Welcome back! Since I last posted, I graduated from high school, went to Disneyland for grad night (the bus ride was death but it was by far my favorite trip to the happiest place on Earth), started working part-time at a local movie theater (I know, so surprising), AND saw Hamilton! But wait, I haven’t even gotten to the big news yet!
Before I reveal the exciting news, let me set the stage. I get home from work at the movie theater and eat a popsicle since it’s too hot to function. As I sit on the couch and watch The View from earlier that afternoon (yes, I watch The View and feel no shame. Whoopi’s my girl), I get a text from my mom. My mom is a principal at an elementary school focused on bettering the education of minority and low-income children (yep, my mom’s pretty bad ass) and she texts me that one of the parent’s at her school is writing and producing a short film for our local film festival. She tells me that if I volunteer as a Production Assistant I could get industry credit and that the filmmaker could set up an IMDB page for me since it’s an official industry film! Assuming that if you are reading this right now that you have read my previous posts, I’ll let you picture how out-my-mind excited I was. I haven’t even started college yet and an incredible opportunity has already presented itself to me to learn hands-on about the film-making craft. And I LIVE FOR IMDB! This could be my chance to actually start my career.
I haven’t even talk to the filmmaker before I know that I want to be a part of the crew, but I call her the very next day to get more information. She tells me about the script, what some of my jobs would be as a PA, and explains why it would be such a great opportunity for me (although I didn’t need much convincing). There will even be a premiere at the film festival! As she is describing everything I feel more and more confident that this could be amazing. The moment she finishes giving me all of the information, I accept the position! I’m officially a PA! I know that it might not seem so glamorous but, in my mind, it is. I get to learn more first hand how the process of making films works. I get to be a part of a team whose mission is to tell a great story for audiences. I get to add a project to my resume. I have the opportunity to learn new skills that will help my career in the future. This what I have worked towards in doing theater production all 4 years of high school, taking my first film class, collaborating with my peers, and doing my own projects.
And this is only the beginning. This is the beginning of learning my chosen craft. This is the beginning of collaborating with fellow filmmakers. This is the beginning of my body of work. This is the beginning of doing what I have dreamed of, what I love. This is just the beginning of something I know will be great, and I can’t wait to share this journey with you.
Through my eyes,
*Feature image courtesy of Google Images