Guest Speakers 2020-2021
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Kimberly McCullough

Ms. McCullough was our guest speaker for a Master Class on August 31st.  She started as a child actress/dancer in Hollywood and for the last seven years has been directing television series such as One Day At A Time, THE BOLD TYPE and High School Musical.  She talked about her show biz story, how to create a career in Hollywood, and answered student questions.  A big thank you to Kimberly for sharing her experiences and words of wisdom.  In addition, a thank you to Becca Tesarfreund (VP of current programming at NBC Universal, CHS Media alumni, and GMS Advisory Board member) for coordinating the Zoom meeting.  Kimberly’s bio: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005205/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm 

Summer-Joy "SJ" Main Munoz

Summer-Joy “SJ” Main Muñoz is an award-winning director, writer, and producer whose films have screened in over 200 festivals worldwide and was our Master Class guest on October 5th.  She has been selected for numerous competitive film labs and fellowships, including NBC's Female Forward, Ryan Murphy's Half Initiative, We For She's Direct Her, and programs by NALIP, WGAW, WIF, AWD, and FIND.  Before dedicating herself full-time to directing in the dramatic, historical and action/crime genres, SJ worked as a producer, unit production manager, production supervisor, coordinator, director of development, script editor, post supervisor, and executive assistant for film and commercials.  She has worked with filmmakers and companies including Merchant Ivory Productions, DreamWorks SKG, River Road Entertainment, and award-winning director Stanley Donen.

 

As a second-generation Latinx determined to increase Latino representation in film and TV, SJ has written for the Huffington Post on the subjects of Latino Film and Women in Media, and she was the Founder of the former Latino Film Fund and Latino Screenplay Competition. SJ has also lectured at Loyola Marymount University on the roles of the film director and producer.

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Xolo Mariduena, Brandon Guzman and Carlos Bobadilla

At our January Master Class series, Brandon Guzmán and Carlos Bobadilla of Valor Entertainment Group were joined by Xolo Maridueña (playing Miguel Diaz) of the Netflix series, Cobra Kai.

 

The three of them shared their stories and advice with our GMS students about working in Hollywood.

One student said, "Thank you for telling us
how to make it in the entertainment industry."

Bobadilla also shared some great resources listed below:


Industry inclusion – opportunities:
https://www.wga.org/the-guild/advocacy/inclusion-andequity/writing-programs-conferences-festivals


Producer’s Guild on Diversity:
https://www.producersguild.org/page/pga_diversity


Animation Guild:
https://animationguild.org/events/panel-mixer/


Communication and Leadership Skills:
http://www.toastmasters.org/education/youth-leadershipprogram
 

Another big "Thank You" to our Advisory Board member, Becca Tesarfreund, who made this all possible!