I suck at writing biographies. I think it's because I use to focus on the third person side instead of being direct so here it goes.
I grew up in Southern, CA with 4 other siblings, tons of dogs and two very hard working Mexican immigrant parents. My parents never put any pressure on us in school to decide on what we wanted to do, or who we’d hung out with. So when I was 11 and hung out with the local skate gang, my parents never batted an eye as long as I came home for dinner. Skating was my path into film. We’d stay out the whole day skating and filming, filming and skating and it wasn’t until I grew older that I realized what a huge impact it made on my life. From that point on a took a camera everywhere and filmed everything and by the time I reached high school I knew this is what I wanted to do. I pursed film into college at Orange Coast and took all the film classes I possibly could while working two jobs. Of course it was never enough and thus started a film club with my friends. It was a great way to meet new people, work on projects and start a film festival which we ran for a few years even after college. Although I began my journey by pursing cinematography, even interning at Little Saigon TV as a camera operator and being the DP for most of my friends, it was in school learned that I loved it all. I enjoyed editing, producing, and most importantly directing. I directed my first three short films at OCC which made it to a few film festivals and made friends for a lifetime.
After college, I continued to work on various projects from music videos, commercials, weddings, documentaries to filming ballroom dance competitions as a camera operator. As wild as my experiences have been, I loved every second of it. I love that I have been able to tell the stories I have. Being a Mexican American Women, my perspective and history is what dictates my writing and directing, but in a way I think people realize everyone can relate to as well. My stories have have ranged from being a little boy who escapes his realties being imagining he’s an astronaut to being a college girl whose a witch, all usually a bit inspired by daily events in my own personal life. In the last few years I have directed and produce a 3 episode mini-series, directed 6 short films, assist-edited for an Oscar wining documentary company to joined a new film club with its own film festival that hosted 150 in 2022. I hope to peruse bigger projects and plan to shoot my own feature film in the next few years.
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