My no-fail guide to surviving sexual harassment anytime, anywhere [satire]

I’m a lucky woman to have lived in ‘Murica, Mexico, and Argentina. I plan to travel the entire world somehow despite the fact that my bank account is telling me dreams are far too expensive. Here’s what I’ve learned about avoiding sexual harassment in the public and private sphere of my life (so, everything…). Do these things, and you’ll see how sexual harassment will go from a constant anxiety-inducing threat to a former constant anxiety-inducing threat.

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Everything about film is tough for women of color

Ever since I was a teenager I wanted to be a film director, but I had no idea how to even begin. I grew up in Huntington Park, CA and film and acting careers aren’t something we were told we could aspire to. My school had a drama club, and I had a lot of friends that were into movies, but in the early 2000s we didn’t have the tools we have today (cheaper cameras with decent resolution, cheaper editing software, and social media to self-distribute).

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Down in the Delta (Fiction)

I’m Pamela, but most people call me Pam. Most Latinx immigrants live in cooler places, but I live in Greenwood, Mississippi, which you’ve probably only heard of if you’ve seen in The Help. (Most people watched that for Emma Stone, but I paid to watch Viola Davis). My parents arrived to the U.S. and I was born in East L.A., California. When I was two, they moved to this little town because it reminded them of Santiago Nonualco, as much as any part of the United States can resemble an impoverished part of El Salvador.

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Jobs from hell: canvassing

It was 2009 and the recession was tough. I don’t remember what the ad said, but it said something about non-profits, social justice and helping them with your “hard work.” Plus, it involved money, which was music to my broke ears.

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Good Morning (Sunshine)

The first short film I did took about two years to complete. This one took about six weeks because I was working on it whenever I had time. When you have no money to shoot a film, even a short one, you have to try to improvise as much as you can. I’m working on feature-length screenplays right now, and because I want to learn how to work with actors and direct, I wanted to make as much as I could.

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