For this week’s classmate conversation, I spoke with Jennifer, a transfer student in her junior year at Cal State Long Beach.
Jennifer is originally from Pennsylvania, but transferred to The Beach in order to pursue her dream of becoming a screenwriter; she informed me that she was actually on her way to speak with Lorenzo Jarquin – our department’s advisor – right after we spoke in order to discuss whether or not she would be allowed into the major.
Since we are both in the same department, it was really cool to hear about her viewpoint on a lot of issues that inspire us; we bonded over our love of Steven Spielberg and she professed her love for Tim Burton’s films. We also agreed that a recent film, Kubo And The Two Strings, is a phenomenal movie that deserves all the acclamation it has received and continues to receive.
I also spoke to her about how I thought it was a bit ironic that she had moved to Los Angeles from Pennsylvania in order to pursuit her dream – doing so due to the fact that she believes she can receive more opportunities in LA than in the East Coast – since I have been toying with the idea of moving to the East Coast for a while because currently, there are so many great opportunities there that are available (such as internships for camerawork in companies like National Geographic, Discovery Channel and PBS) . I have always thought that the mindset that you have to work in Hollywood to be in the Hollywood industry is a myth and I encouraged her to not lose hope that she will find an opportunity.
To learn more about Jennifer’s creative mindset, check out her blog here !!