My name is Ivan Caballero. I’m 17 years old and I’ve been working with Accesslocal.tv since July 2015. That’s more than a year. It’s been a long time; but with a lot of time, comes a lot of experience. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Isaac Gonzalez and the rest of the team. Prior to working here, my knowledge of writing was fairly limited. I am still not the best writer in the world but I am certain that I’m much better than I was before.
Looking back, checking out my very first article, I feel that I havegreatly improved my writing skills My speed and how I write my articles has progressed all thanks to this program. It’s become something that I actually love to do. As I have said in past articles about myself, I have had tremendous pressure from my family put on me. This job has given me the courage to show to everyone who doubted me that maybe I can pull off my dreams.
It’s a great feeling to be able to do better than what people expected of me. This is just the beginning. Accesslocal.tv has built me a step on the staircase of my dream. I feel that I must continue to pursue this career of journalism that I have so greatly come to love.
Working with this team of people has been a blast. They’re a very sophisticated and nice group of people. They’ve taught me a lot in the time I’ve worked here, mainly by guiding me morally. I’ve developed a very strong relationship with them and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to do so.
This work has allowed me to gain a sense of confidence that I never thought that I’d have. This work has changed me in so many ways, but it’s all for the better. I feel like I have become an independent young man who is now so much more aware of the real world.
My favorite article though from all this time still is one of my early ones. It’s my report on Donald Trump’s deportation plan. In that article I explained the specifics of the situations on a medical level, such as how this would affect the local area of Sacramento medically. It was basically a short summary on how Donald Trump’s deportation plan would make Sacramento sick because illegal immigrants would fear going to hospitals to avoid being deported. Immigrants not being able to go to the hospital could lead to widespread illnesses being spread. Coming from a Mexican family that has witnessed the horrors of when it comes to deportation, I can see why my family and other would be afraid to go to the hospital and avoid deportation.
The advice that I would give to future participants is pretty simple- Just relax. Don’t stress yourself too hard, you’re going to be fine. I know most people are very weary of scoring interviews with people but believe me, you got it. Just ask. If they say no, then they say no. If they say yes, you got yourself an interview! Now before going out to ask someone for an interview, it’s a good idea to at least have written down an idea of what you want to ask.
When you’re out making a video, take more footage than you need! If you think you have enough, you don’t. Take more! This has always been a common problem with me that I take way less footage than I need, thus making me work harder while editing. It’s best to work hard on the spot to make your work easier later. Take lots of pictures as well. Pictures make for a great showcase in your articles and videos. So get snapping.
You must have fun. There’s no point of doing a job if you don’t have fun, besides paying bills of course. Even when you’re finding it really hard to make a video or write an article, just keep your head up. Don’t be like me who stresses too much and ends up messing something up. Take your assignments as an adventure and not like a chore. Go out and explore your adventure.
Finally, this job has been one of the best things to ever happen to me. It has given me a clear headed view of what I really want to do with my life. I hope that I can continue to move and pursue this career further. I would like to thanks Isaac (my boss) for giving me the amazing opportunity to work with him and the program. I consider Isaac as a father figure of mine that I can look up to. That for me is a great feeling. This program has given me something that nothing else has; and that’s the knowledge that I will carry for the rest of my life.