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Meet Jessica Coro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Coro.

Jessica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in Guatemala. When I was in high school, I started editing some videos and making them into music videos to pass time. I showed some people my creations and my sister saw my potential and told me I should try filmmaking. I went on a film vacation course in a school called Casa Comal and they showed us a lot about the process of filmmaking. We had to make three short films at the end of the course and I ended up editing the three them and fell in love with editing immediately. Thanks to that, I wanted to learn even more about filmmaking and got to come to LA for a BFA to chase my dream. I learned how to write and direct and loved it. I am mostly an editor at the moment but I do enjoy writing and directing.

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?
It definitely hasn’t been smooth. I’ve been so used to being around my family so one of the many challenges I had was to come to a foreign country by myself to chase my dreams. Also, being from another country adds difficulty in finding a job. We have a lot of limitations as to what we can do to work and also, a lot of places ask for experience, which by being a graduate you don’t have much. For now, I’ve been doing freelancing jobs as an editor, taking some time to write and I’m glad for the few chances I got in school to direct my own projects with easy access to crew and equipment. It wasn’t easy and it’s still not easy but I’m not losing hope.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a film editor. I’ve edited short films and music videos. One of my dreams is to be a music video director and editor. I already created one with a band called Drowsy. They were amazing and trusted me to create their first music video for their song “Lapsing”. What I love the most about music videos is that you have more creative liberty than in movies. I love telling an abstract story, want to show the emotion rather than the story that you can easily hear from the lyrics. I’m always trying to create new and unusual editing tricks to create emotion through it. But like I said before, I also like to direct. I’ve been a sci-fi and fantasy fan forever and one of my obsessions is Star Wars. I love telling stories that are visually different from the real world. Star Wars inspired me to create a film called Planet I.X. which is a film about revenge that has a mix of science fiction and fantasy. I love trying new things and when I direct, I love the creativity and imagination you can reach and play with when you work on those genres.

What were you like growing up?
When I was a little girl, I was always the center of attention. Being the youngest one, I loved the spotlight. I always loved hanging out with adults mostly and loved making them laugh. Weirdly enough, when I got older, I became more introvert. I like spending time with the people I know but I’m not bothered if I don’t go out every Friday night. I guess that’s why I love editing so much. I can spend hours trying different things in the editing room without noticing the time passing by and I don’t mind at all. The only thing that’s never changed is my love for Star Wars and my sense of humor. I’m the person that tells bad jokes and great jokes, my friends can support me on this one. Also, I would love to record things and make a video out of them, especially music videos. Every time we had to do like a news thing or a video about a topic for a high school project, I would go the extra mile and have fun with it and my friends.

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Isabel Maaz, Yuki Fu, Jay Winstead

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