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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A freelancer’s journey, part 2: resources to help you stay organized

Most people think you need to hoard industry secrets in order to hit it big. But I believe in giving, just not too much. I’m sharing my journey to becoming a freelance writer in a multi-part series. This series will continue to grow as I continue to make mistakes grow as a writer and person. If you’re a budding freelance writer, I hope this series is of help to you. Now go toast to your dreams with that bottle of wine you’ve just bought with the change you just found under your sofa!

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