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Meet Abby Eisenberg of Chapman University in Orange

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abby Eisenberg.

Abby, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in musical theatre, always wanting to be on stage and acting. When I was about 14/15, I got more involved in the behind the scenes aspect of stage shows. When applying for college, I got some sage advice from a few family friends that led me to look into the producing program at Chapman University. When I got in, I was super excited but extremely nervous as I had never dipped my toe into the film world before. After a hard first semester, I really found my footing at Chapman and since then, I’ve produced five short films with Chapman as well as working on 20+ student sets in different capacities. Because of my experiences at Chapman, I have been able to intern for amazing places like Quibi, Weed Road Pictures, AMC Network, and Warner Horizon Television. I’m so happy I get to do what I love everyday.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely has not been a smooth road. I really struggled to find my footing at the beginning of my college career. I felt like other students had a better knowledge and understanding of the industry and who they were as creators. I struggled a lot with imposter syndrome and anxiety and still do on a daily basis but my faculty mentors and friends have really helped me push myself and find where I fit in.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Currently, I’m still a student, but I hope to work in television development and physical production once I graduate. I’m most proud of how I’ve grown as a creator these past four years, and now that I’m a senior I am very confident in my abilities. I think what sets me apart is my drive and positive attitude. I go after what I want, I don’t stop until I get it, and I do it all with a big smile on my face (even if I’m dying on the inside).

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always spunky, compassionate, and very friendly! I started doing musical theatre when I was six years old, and theatre continues to be a huge part of my passions and daily life. I loved to read and I loved being on stage and I was always very creative, playing make-believe and dress up with friends.

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