Vanessa Diaz is a César Chávez Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology, and is an interdisciplinary ethnographer, filmmaker, and journalist. Dr. Diaz is currently teaching FILM 46.01 for the Film & Media Studies domestic study program in LA. In order to make the course more hands-on and oriented around professional development and networking for the students while they are in LA, she has an extensive list of guest speakers coming to her class. The guest speakers range from Hollywood writers, producers, directors, actors, reality television show contestants, entertainment reporters, celebrity photographers, scholars of Hollywood/entertainment. Last week, the class had their first guest speaker, TV writer, actor, and producer Julia Ahumada Grob. The next guest speakers are Tanya Hong, Associate Director, Digital Accounts at Fox (Film, TV, and Sports) and celebrity photographer Edwin Blanco, Raheem Dawson, Senior Manager of Production for NBC On-Air Promotion, and Jose Toscano, Story Producer at Stone & Company Entertainment. And her list goes on!
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