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TFM Alumna Chelsea Best Thrives After Graduation

Best took an internship and turned it into a career opportunity with a bright future ahead

TFM Alumna Chelsea Best Thrives After Graduation

By Amanda Osborn

Chelsea Best graduated from San Diego State University in May 2018 with a degree in Television, Film, and Media Production, with minors in International Studies, and Theater Arts.

At the end of her senior year Best’s senior thesis, Little Miss Strawberry, won the Wally Award, and the Jury Award from SDSU. The film, a cross between drama and comedy, is also in the being reviewed for more upcoming film festivals.

In addition, Best also participated in Campus Movie Fest during her senior year. Her piece, “Breathe One’s Last,” was invited to be shown at Festival de Cannes in France, and Terminus in Atlanta, Georgia. Although she could not attend Festival de Cannes, Best was able to go to Atlanta where to her great surprise, her film won Best Drama. The nominees for Best Drama are not revealed until the Festival.

Since graduating in May, Chelsea has been working on a number of projects. While at SDSU, she had an internship with the Television Academy Foundation, and she kept in contact with the post-production team she worked with. This led to a post-production assistant position where she is currently working on the second season of the CBS series Salvation. Since starting her current position, she has been asked to join the team working on another television project that is set to release in 2019.

Chelsea is grateful for her time at SDSU. When asked who impacted her most, three professors came to mind: Randi McKenzie, Peter Cirino, and Stuart Voytilla. She says they believed in her when she was unsure of herself, provided love and support, and pushed her out of her comfort zone throughout her four years at SDSU.

Best is currently looking forward to continue working with her team on their newest project starting at the end of October. When looking back on her time at SDSU Best said “It seems completely unreal. Every person I’ve met, opportunity I’ve been given, and path I’ve gone down has led me here. I could not have imagined I’d be in the position I am now with the background I ultimately created for myself.”

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