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Meet Our Class of 2020

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Christian Alexander

Washington University in St. Louis

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Childrens’ Programming Development

Company:
Moonbug Entertainment

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
In my eyes, television is the most transformative and innovative medium of storytelling that's out there. My AP English Language teacher in high school inspired me to dig deep to understand what goes into a good story--comparable to the ingredients a chef uses while cooking. My AP English Literature teacher motivated me to notice and draw the thematic connections and points of interest within and between stories. These two teachers in particular provided me with a deep interest in storytelling and fiction, which naturally led to my interest in seeking a career in television.

Atieh Bandehyazdani

California State University Northridge

Graduation Year: 2020

Category:
Physical Production/ Business Management

 

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
The ability of media to capture the truth of human nature, relationships, and human sensitivity intrigued me from an early age. If I could choose one medium to use as a universal form of communication, one with the power to provoke and unite the people, I would choose Television. To me, Television, as the most accessible and internationally viewed medium, subtly raises awareness and addresses controversial issues effectively. TV provides entertainment and the excitement that people so greatly desire and find infinitely fascinating infusing the stories that need to be heard with a greater sense of purpose.

Luis Zuniga

California State University Long Beach

Graduation Year: 2020

Category:
Unscripted Television

Company:
Bunim-Murray Productions

 

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I discovered television production my first year of college. I was immediately fascinated by the amount of hard work put into a television product and I knew I had to be a part of it.

Angela Young

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Graduation Year: 2020

Category:
Corporate Citizenship/Internal Communications

Company:
The Walt Disney Company

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Initially, I was inspired to pursue a career in music because during my time navigating through the foster care system, music was my source of inspiration and comfort. Throughout my journey through higher education, I have realized there are many people who are talented, intelligent, and more than capable to achieve everything they've ever dreamed of, but do not have the support and opportunities needed to get to where they want to be. Once I heard that the Television Academy was hosting a CSR category, I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me to use my personal experiences to advocate for others.

Claire Ross

Pace University

Graduation Year: 2020

Category:
Choreography

 

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have always been interested in dance on camera. Growing up I always marveled at any dance TV show and dreamt of being a part of that process. I’ve been very lucky to have met some of those individuals who create the content I was so influenced and energized by. It is those individuals that have greatly inspired me to seek a career in television, and have made me feel like this career path is tangible.

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