In this video, I show you clips of live performances taking place at a weekly open-mic at Luna’s Cafe and clips of Concerts in The Park, a free, reoccurring summer concert at Caesar Chavez Plaza. Two interviews play in the background by two anonymous people.
In this video, I show you my community within the Met Sacramento High School. The Met is a high school focuses on learning in classrooms and in the real world, through internships. We are nothing like the average high school.
In this video, I highlight the arts community in Sacramento, showing the venues and hubs that artists go to express themselves and perform. Some of the highlights are Music Circus, Crest Theatre , and even venues such as Luna’s Cafe or Shine Sacramento. This video shines a light on art, music and performances in Sacramento.
I grew up and currently reside in Arden Park. I have a younger brother named Milton who is 14-years-old. I was born on May 10, 2001 and I went to Mariemont Elementary School before attending Arden Middle School. I now attend El Camino High School where I will be graduating early this December. I took the CTE Television and media arts class this past school year at San Juan High School. There I learned many of the skills I will need for this job.
I enjoy playing with my airsoft guns and riding my bike to the store to buy things or to go to a friend’s house. I also like playing video games on my Xbox. I think having this job at Access Sacramento will be a great opportunity for me now and in the near future.
I enjoy going to small town of Graeagle in the mountains as often as I can with my grandparents, Sharon and Harry Moos. They have a house up there and I like spending time with them. I help my Grandpa chop wood and do other things he needs help with since he’s getting older. They are my mom’s parents. Even though my other grandparents live on the same street as me I don’t get to see them very often.
Each year I have a tradition with my dad where we go to Pin-A-Go-Go which is all you can play pinball all weekend, the weekend after Mother’s Day. We go on a Friday and play pinball till 10 or 11 at night. It’s awesome.
I would like to say that I am a fairly cool and unique person. I create art in various mediums, and I have an internship at an art center where I get to do a little of everything within and I own my queerness more than anyone I know. You can often find me in a thrift shop, reading a new book about how racism is so embedded in our culture or out and about continuing my search for delicious vegan foods, although I’m only strictly a vegetarian. I consider myself a social rights activist even though I have been lacking in my online presence as an activist. I am constantly doing research, collecting data and recording everything going on to understand where the problems stem from and how to fix them. To me, those exact things would be listed under the terms “cool” and “unique”.
Although I do have anxiety and a few other illnesses up my sleeve, I know how to manage various tasks and events happening throughout my life. Sometimes I even purposefully fill my schedule in order to feel productive, which is a weakness of mine. That being said, I do understand the huge significance of a break and reading the signs of your body. To get through my day-to-day, I am somewhat spiritual. Not religious, but I celebrate the Earth and all she has given us, as well as using the law of attraction and positivity candles while I work on myself and my own personal growth.
Overall, I enjoy and am passionate about topics and subjects that the average person may not enjoy or maybe just does not know or think about. I often like to think of myself as someone who can think deeply and understand the beauty of our earth and the art that we create.
My name is Isabella (Izzy) Ignacio and I’m a writer, dancer, singer and student. I’ve spent the past three years participating and acting in musicals and plays – all because of a script I decided to write when I was 12 years old. I have told many stories before, but never mine.
I had plans to go to college and become a teacher, but that was never my dream. It was always my dream to be involved with a play on Broadway, not the star or even as part of an ensemble, but to write a script so beautiful, so engaging that it landed on Broadway.
Ever since I was in first grade, I’ve written stories, novels, and even scripts. Not necessarily the best quality novels, but to me they had meaning. As I continued to grow up, so did my writing. My little stories about twin witches in a fantasy world became a script about twins in the 1960s navigating a new world of cultural revolution. Somehow the one script I wrote about the new world in the 1960s and 1970s started an entire fascination for me with the era. It was an era of change and acceptance, both of which I believe are still needed today. The past became prevalent to understanding the present, and my passion for the era led to me falling in love with the fashion, the slang, and even the little eccentricities of the era.
Music has always been a part of my life. I learned to play the piano at six years old and my entire family practically worshipped music. It was fitting then that ever so slowly my script became a musical. As I dove into the journey of understanding my script, I joined a musical theatre company to understand more about musicals. It was there I learned I couldn’t dance, so of course I joined a dance company. I lived the life of my characters, I felt their emotions and I revised my script, over and over again.
As of today, I’m currently on Act 2; Scene 7, on my third draft of The Zodiac Journal. In the course of the three years, I’ve been working on Zodiac, I’ve written one play and another short musical, both of which don’t mean nearly as much to me as Zodiac. So when I was asked to write an article introducing myself, I realized that a substantial amount of who I am is my writing, yet I also realized that I might not have gotten myself into theatre just for the script. I believe there was a part of me, when I started that first draft of The Zodiac Journal , that knew I wanted to dance, and I wanted to sing. A part of me craved the idea of creating music and a story, one that I desperately want to live.
My name is Melissa Franco. I am a 19-year-old, South Sacramento native. After growing up with three siblings in a quite interesting household with my mother and step-dad, I’ve been shaped into a humble and creative person. I have two sisters, and a brother. My biological father exited my life very soon into my childhood, but later after finding out what interests and passions we share, I take pride in knowing that my talents and passions have very much to do with what lies in my blood.
I always did well in school. I started reading at the age of 4. Schools always tried to get me to move up a grade but my mother refused for reasons unknown and I discovered early on that I had a passion for filmmaking, apparently like my biological father who is also into filmmaking. I’d sit on my parents now-dinosaur of a computer and start off by creating slideshows on Windows Movie Maker. I was only in 5th grade when the news about my hobby spread around, and my principal had me create a video to show the entire auditorium for Teachers Appreciation Day.
After my grandmother passed away while I was in middle school, everything in my life changed quickly. From watching the death take a toll on my mother’s mental and physical health and the tearing apart of my family, to going through extreme phases of confusion and depression, I had experienced a roller coaster of emotions during my teen years.
While I was attending Capital City School during my junior year, an amazing woman named Mrs. Nawrocki, changed my life. She pushed me to go to college early, which I did, and helped me dive deeper into schooling and self-discipline. I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker but surrounding myself with older students who had the same passion helped me understand where my passions in film were specifically.
I graduated from John F. Kennedy High School last year, moved out of my parents right after to take a break from school and experience this wacky “real-world” on my own, left my grocery store job to be a full time activist as a fundraiser for amazing non profits, but quickly tired myself out from activism because of the way that I was doing it. I found that I should first, begin in my community, before fry my brain with stress from the injustices that this country faces, or the world.
I plan to make films that allow more representation of minorities in positive lights only and give women a place in film as characters who aren’t just seen as objects onto our screens, for the rest of my life, before and after earning a Ph.D.in Film Studies at UCSC. I also plan on creating a facility for the youth of Sacramento to have access to all tools for the process of creating all art forms. Lastly, I would love to start my own film program here in Sacramento for young minorities to make changes through film.
I don’t like talking to people. Well, what I mean is that I don’t like asking strangers a bunch of questions that seem intrusive. Reporters tend to have a bad reputation in general as being prying and pushy and that notion hung over my head for awhile. Especially whenever I’m building the courage for 20 minutes to finally interview just one person. However, this wouldn’t stop me from doing my job and I’m actually quite glad that I relatively got better at starting interactions with strangers.
Sometimes, you can get a good interview by genuinely listening to what people have to say or just by.asking where the nearest important person is. I fondly remember one time at a farmers’ market when I was having a conversation with a woman running a cheese stand. She was very nice and she gave me samples of different flavors of cheese (I like cheese). After discovering that I was a reporter, she personally escorted and introduced me to the coordinator and director of the farmers’ market. I was deeply grateful because she saved me a lot of hassle and from another reminder of my own incompetence.
Overall, working at the Neighborhood News Correspondents gave me many memories and experience as a fellow reporter. I think, in the future, I would probably look back at my time here and credit it for giving me the skills I needed to assist in my anticipated career as a public servant in the City of Sacramento.
I would like to thank Jazmine for recommending this line of work to me as well as being understanding and patient, Dominique for being supportive of my endeavors, Ivan for making me laugh, Quan for teaching me to be cognizant of my co-workers, and, of course, Mr. Gonzalez for allowing me to participate in this youth media program. I couldn’t have asked for a better remaining network of reporters to work with.