Student Story: Anna

Succeeding

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If you want to be in the entertainment industry, go to Los Angeles. That's where it's at. Woodbury, it's in Burbank. It's the heart of the classic entertainment industry. But just being right here around all that was definitely a key factor in coming to Woodbury.

I come from Cambria, California. It's a little, tiny beach town in northern California. I always knew that I wanted to go to university, go to college. I just didn't know what I wanted to do. I didn't know you could major in film. I actually found out about Woodbury through a close friend. He was like, "hey. Have you heard of this school, Woodbury?"

It felt good because I didn't want to go to a big school. So that was a really great aspect. Based on the fact that the other schools were too large, too expensive, and I felt like I was just going to get lost in the crowd and pay way too much money for an education.

The first day that I walked into class, we all had a camera. And we all got to shoot-- and lights and all the different types of gear. I thought that was really cool, but I didn't realize how great it was until I started talking to other friends who have gone through film programs. And they're like, wait, wait, wait. You got to film like on your first day of class? We had to go through so much theory before we could even get our hands on a camera.

When I first came here to Woodbury, everyone that I talked to, they kept pushing-- get involved, get involved, get involved. And that kind of got me into the whole world of internships that Woodbury has to offer. I interned on the Paramount Studio with a production house called Di Bonaventura Pictures. They do pictures such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, Salt, Red-- action-driven films-- which was really fun working with them. I would be reading scripts. I'd help them basically with development and coverage-- the whole process of getting an idea and it changing and developing throughout the process of being made into a film-- mind blown.

To meet so many people on this campus because there's so many different majors and different facets of Woodbury that I didn't know about-- I have a lot of friends in fashion, which is a really great thing to have on campus when you're a film student because you need costume. You need makeup. Architecture-- you need sets. So it's been really cool meeting all these great people, but also meeting those people and realizing that whatever their interests are, applied to what you're doing, it can help you, which is a really good feeling because it's awesome to have other people around you that are going to support and help you.

The entertainment industry is so big. And there's so many different directions that you can go. My main goal is to work for a studio and be involved with features. And Woodbury has done a really great job by giving me connections and providing me network opportunity and friends and relationships that will ultimately bolster my first step into the entertainment industry.

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