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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…

Mitch Hudson

“Honestly, can you actually make a living doing this?” Mitch Hudson (’15) voiced the last question holding him back from changing his degree program at Liberty University to film production. Cinematic Arts Professor Doug Miller grinned behind his mustache and answered “Absolutely!” That day, Hudson heard the call to adventure in filmmaking, and it changed…

Bekah Ruth

Bekah Ruth’s (’16) professional life is a picture of high resolution. Zoom in or zoom out, and you will see her work in thoughtful scope and detail. Her attention both to the “big picture” and “little details” of her vocation has earned her a career niche in the art departments of the filmmaking business. Her…

Hannah Yumi

“Makeup is honestly what started everything,” says Hannah Yumi (’17) of her career story. Yumi grew up in Japan with a passion for cosmetics: she liked using cosmetics to make people feel good about themselves. She wanted to go to beauty school, but her parents encouraged her to consider college. After examining various programs, she…

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