By Chris Flora
I always had this feeling that if I wanted to make it in Hollywood, the entertainment industry had to find me. I figured, to be a director I must produce content so impressive that someone discovers it and hires me. I was just trying to be real with myself, but I was blind to the fact that there is no “one way” into the industry. Not until the SULA semester did I realize I have options. You might think I’m lucky for that reason, but I can tell you it’s solely because of the staff and faculty that run the program. I can’t think of any connections I have made out here that are more useful than the network created around SULA. The staff constantly stays connected with the students and the professors are open to help at any chance. Without them I would have never seen my potential in all aspects of entertainment. With them I had the freedom to be a writer on the weekends, practice shooting and editing during the week and still have time to pursue a background role in a feature. They helped me focus my attention on the opportunity right in front of me instead of worrying about the final step. About two weeks into living here I knew I belonged- I didn’t have a place but I knew I was staying. Then each day offered new opportunities and I decided to embrace each one of them. Now, after about three months it’s safe to say my future is here in Los Angeles.