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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…

Alex Heider

In the near future, successful video and movie makers will probably thank delivery platforms like YouTube for their start. Alex Heider (’18) may be one of them. In his youth, Heider spent his hobby hours making videos and posting some on YouTube. He was drawn to the visual art of storytelling, and he was willing…

Noah Lhomi

Noah Lhomi (’18) admits his career journey may look “random.” He has come halfway around the world through a series of unpredictable events, but looking back reveals a fascinating story of fulfillment.   It starts in the 1970s, when a Wycliffe missionary couple journeyed from Finland to Nepal and settled in a small, isolated village….

Rebecca Lewis

Like most students, Rebecca Lewis began her college education with open options. She had many vocational interests to explore, but she was in the right place. Liberty University offered a wide range of degrees for the undecided shopper who looked to God for guidance.   Initially, Lewis chose fashion as her major field of study,…

Danielle Allen

“Dream big, but dream smart” is the motto Cinematic Arts Alumna Danielle Allen now lives by. But she didn’t always know she could pursue dreams. She first glimpsed her true passion when she attended Liberty University’s College for a Weekend, an event that allows potential students to stay on campus and visit classes. She intended…

Kate Douglas

Star Wars, created by George Lucas, has undoubtedly influenced many viewers, films, stories, and ideas. For Cinematic Arts graduate Kate Douglas, it is the movie series that lured her into filmmaking. At 12 years old, while other kids were fascinated by the films’ lightsabers, Douglas sensed the call of an invisible force that promised: “You…

Ian Miller

Ian Miller always had a passion for film. Growing up under two parents with film careers gave him a solid foundation for film knowledge. He observed from professionals that a steady focus helped them reach goals. So it was a natural decision to enroll in Liberty University’s Cinematic Arts program as his first formal step…

Jordan Ream

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Jordan Ream found his life’s purpose in an adventurous trip to another country. The Great Commission Bible Institute…

Ellecina Eck

“Only those willing to risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”  – T.S. Eliot   Ellecina Eck perfectly exemplifies Eliot’s philosophy as she carries on the legacy of the Liberty University Cinematic Arts program. Eck graduated in 2017 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her passion in the…

Corey Michelle

Corey Michelle, a graduate of the 2016 class, sat for an interview with us recently. Her story perfectly describes the hard work and productivity characteristic of film careers.   Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park inspired Corey Michelle to go into filmmaking. After graduating from Liberty University’s Cinematic Arts program, she moved to Hawaii—coincidentally, the primary film…

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