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Meet Inglewood Student Filmmaker and Podcaster: Arlill Rodriguez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Arlill Rodriguez.

Arlill, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I fell in love with filmmaking when I saw Toy Story for the first time when I was 2 years old. From that point onward, I’ve become a visual thinker and my mind runs constantly with exciting and promising film narrative concepts. I made my first comedic short film in my sophomore year of college and it was received well in our community. I’ve made 6 short films and am currently working on 2 short screenplays and a long term screenplay. Podcasting entered my life more recently but it has become another component of my personality and life feels empty if I haven’t been podcasting. I’ve released almost 70 recordings in about 2 and half years and it’s been such a pleasure doing so!

Has it been a smooth road?
I have had a struggling relationship with my father for many years and I have been battling depression and anxiety on and off since last year. I’m very insecure about myself and my perfectionist tendencies make me overwhelmingly self-critical.

When you look back, what are you most proud of?
It’s between the first time I showed one of my short films to an inspiration of mine and when my podcast was submitted and approved for the iTunes store. I had been trying to get on iTunes for years and it added to my legitimacy as a podcaster by finally having there. It was also great that the podcast became more accessible for others to enjoy.

Were there moments when you had to struggle?
Not too long ago, I was on the verge of completing my fall semester of my senior year of college but I noticed how miserable I was becoming and how exhausting it was to continue going to classes. I was sincerely wondering if I should drop out of school for good. Instead, in a burst of inspiration and after 10 hours, I completed a 1-minute comedy short that currently has 100 views on YouTube. It was the type of creative endeavor that reminded me of why I loved filmmaking but it also reminded me that in college, my creative efforts had to take a backseat to my studies.

What’s your outlook for the industry in our city?
I only know that LA has many opportunities for film-related prospects but I haven’t lived in the city long enough to know if there are other potential career opportunities.

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