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Austin Lewis

Curiosity and charisma could be called natural prerequisites to a successful career in entertainment. For Austin Lewis (’14), these traits have fostered not only a career but lifelong involvement that started when he was five years old. That’s when he watched James Cameron’s and Jon Landau’s movie, Titanic. His world was never the same. Driven…

Liz Lustig

The traditional heart of a New England town is its library. Typically a Neoclassical building bedecked with narrow, wood-paneled halls and the scent of old stories, it marks the intersection between tangible history and fictional worlds. For a young dreamer, it makes the invisible real. Libraries lured Liz Lustig (’18) with the bait of books…

Caleb Natale

High schoolers can have high hopes in futures they cannot see. While some may eventually feel disillusioned, Caleb Natale (’17) found a way to turn his illusions into a successful career. The key, he says, is to recognize inspiration and capitalize on it. Inspiration first came to Natale when he was a kid watching ABC’s…

Brittany Polzella

Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” “I always wanted to make people either laugh or smile,” says Brittany Polzella (’17) of her childhood. Be it dance or theatre, Polzella pursued a platform that would…

Josh Kirkland

Watching Spider-Man (2002) swing through a city and defeat villains typically impresses eight-year-olds. They see that an ordinary person could become somebody’s hero. Or that movies can make anything possible. Or both. Young Josh Kirkland (‘17), bitten by the Spider-Man bug, became curious about how to tell video-based stories. He experimented with cameras and recordings,…

Lizzie Chaplin

Music defined Lizzie Chaplin’s (’17) childhood. She played piano, participated in school band, listened to film scores, and dreamed of writing like Hans Zimmer. She was going to music school. That was always the plan—until it wasn’t. In her senior year of high school, Chaplin rejected the solitary nature of a music career. She looked…

Drew DeFosset

In the world of work, no one values professional community more than freelancers. They understand that reputation and personal connections mean as much as a resume toward landing the next job. Combined with a clear goal and consistent experience, community can propel a career forward, job after job. Drew DeFosset (’17) is proof. DeFosset has…

Marvin Diaz

Marvin Diaz (’16) didn’t think he could go to college. He grew up in a single-parent household of an immigrant community with limited resources. He watched the bonded families of TV sit-coms while his peers chased “side hustles.” He grew interested in multi-media storytelling and enjoyed school subjects that engaged critical thinking and literary analysis….

Andrew Morrison

Andrew Morrison (’17) never thought about filmmaking in his childhood, yet he found himself working on professional movie sets while still in college. His fast-track career resulted from a combination of character and education. Morrison grew up in a small town and, after high school, went into the army. He says it was “a big…

Chaylah Francis

Chaylah Francis (’17) loved stories for their power to teach and encourage. Then she found out she was in a story, and it has empowered her. In spite of her youthful interest in stories, Francis entered Liberty University unaware of her true passion and calling. As a double-major student, she embraced academic and social challenges…

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