Tell us about you?
I am a consumer of the Department of Rehabilitation. My aspirations for getting into film stems from the same age I was diagnosed with permanent monocular vision. My right eye was blind, but I still had the viewfinder up to my left eye at 10 years old. I carried my family camcorder everywhere I went and spent my life savings on Hi8 cassettes. I continued pursuing film with my YouTube channel in 6th grade, then started a film club at my High School. In college, I became a consumer of DOR and received equipment and tools to further help me down the path to becoming a Hollywood filmmaker! I graduated in 2017 from the film program at Sacramento State University with Magna Cum Laude honors, and currently do freelance films and photography.
How have VR Services impacted you?
Getting a job to me is a signifier of independence, achievement, redemption, and pride. As a person with a disability, I try not to let my limitations define me, but rather be qualities that make me a unique candidate. I will always work twice as hard in order to compete in an already difficult market. Currently, I am applying for a stable job as a Television Specialist in order to work in the field of my passion and get the opportunity to build a future of success with my family.
What does 100 years of VR mean to you?
To 100 years of helping us find ourselves through gratifying work.