To All The Teachers!

Happy Saturday!

To wrap up Teacher Appreciation week (I am a day late because it’s Saturday), I want to highlight a few throughout my education that made an impact on where I am today and pushed me to pursue the career I am in.

My first AH-HA moment was in the 7th grade. For some reason my class was unbearable and Mr. Kamin, the 8th-grade teacher at the time, came in to reprimand us. During his speech to the class, he said something that really stuck, and honestly, it’s the only thing I remember. He said he would like to see us on TV for curing cancer or doing something amazing, not because the police were searching for us. I don’t know why but this really made me think what can I do to make him, my 7th-grade teacher, and my classmates proud. Throughout the years as I developed my interest in filmmaking I always thought how cool would it be if i was at the Emmys or Oscars and Mr. Kamin was watching?


Eventually, I moved on to high school and I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian or a chef, but I was never really committed to it or pursued. I don’t remember at what moment I said I wanted to be a movie director, but when I came to that conclusion Mr. Bradburn was there to provide insights on what that entails. I took his production class, and it taught me what the work that goes into filmmaking consisted of.

While in high school I signed up for an After School Matters program at Gallery 37 that was focused on TV/Film Production. There, I learned more techniques and how to use Avid. The last two years of high school I became hyper-focused on what I wanted to pursue. At that time it was directing, but eventually, I’d move onto a different passion.

After I graduated from high school, I was accepted into DePaul University as an education major. While I was applying to colleges, my family and I rationalized the job situation if I were to have majored in Film or TV, so I decided I was going to major in education to become a Spanish teacher. That lasted 3 weeks before I was sitting in my counselor's office to see how I can transfer to the College of Computing and Digital Media to major in Film Production. I got into a groove with school and projects and I found that I really loved editing and the post-production process. I was looking for a job and I came across a posting with the College of Communications to work as a technical manager and editor for our school broadcasting show Good Day DePaul.


Rick Brown gave me the job even though I might have not been the most qualified person as a young sophomore still trying to find her way. He saw something in me and I appreciate him for giving me the opportunity to find what I really wanted out of a career.  Although I didn't take any of his classes he was constantly teaching me along with his students for two and a half years.

Once I was in the working world, there was a time that I was nowhere near I wanted in life. I vividly remember running out of the office during my lunch break and taking a walk down to the river. I was in complete tears and the only person I could think of to reach out to was Rick. During that 30-minute lunch break we discussed my interests, what I am drawn to, and where I want to be. He gave me some numbers to call and companies to look into. I went home with a game plan and a month or two later he emailed me with a job I might be interested in. What a coincidence, it was the same job I had just walked out an interview for.

I got the job!

Today, I am where I want to be in my career with more goals than I had a year ago. Aside from my friends and family, I am incredibly thankful for the educators that motivated and inspired me. To all the teachers, you are appreciated and you should be celebrated every day.


Life Lately! - May 2019

Hi Friends!

How’s it hanging this fine Tuesday?

Can you believe it’s May already? When the year first started, I had a vision for YUPP, it consisted of watching a lot of TV and movies and writing about my thoughts. I quickly realized that was unrealistic because there is not enough time in the day, week, or month to do so. As I mentioned in the first post of my newly rebranded blog and website (which by the way if you haven’t already checked out please do)! I am going to start blogging more about life and what is going in everyday life.

So today I want to chat about life lately! I feel like I am finally settling into my job, personal, and YUPP life.

Starting with work, I think I have finally gotten into a groove with work! I work as a highlight editor right now and now that I have found my groove I want to start finding ways to grow. Lately, I have been doing some research on certifications. I would like to pursue becoming certified in Avid and Adobe Premiere and After Effects. Not only do I want to be an expert on these softwares for myself but for my employer and future clients. My goal in the next upcoming months is to figure out what classes I need to take to get closer to those certifications.

If any of my friends at work at reading this, y' all are the best and I appreciate you!


As for YUPP, after finally finishing up the rebranding I feel a lot more motivated to continue to write more on the blog about my personal life. I am excited to pick up projects I have put on the backburner for some time now. I have started to seek out paid gigs and music videos to continue to pursue my creative passions. It might seem like I have YUPP under control but I am incredibly motivated and inspired daily that I am constantly pitching myself ideas on projects to take on. For the rest of this month, I am going to focus on consistency with the blog and little projects to continue to learn new and better techniques. I love learning and I love that YUPP gives me the opportunity to constantly learn about myself and better myself at my own pace.  


As for my personal life, well, let’s just say it’s alright! I typically have Tuesdays and Fridays off from work and those days when everyone else is working I try to do work for YUPP but I often spend one of those days being lazy and watching tv all day. For example this morning I watched the Ted Bundy Netflix Original film, Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile, it was great and highly recommend. Another hobby I have taken on is breadmaking. Thanks to Jenna Fisher (Pam from The Office) and the bread baking book by Bonnie O'Hara I am hooked on making homemade bread. I feel like I am being responsible by knowing exactly what I am putting into my body.

Mother’s Day 2017

Mother’s Day 2017

Some things I want to work on for the next month would be more fitness related. I used to love running and I want to get back into the groove of running outdoors and racing with my crew (you know who you are!). I also love cooking and have started with making breakfast in the morning, feel free to tune in Tuesday mornings on my Instagram stories to see what insane mess I am creating. This morning I got too caught up with all the veggies so I did not get a chance to share but next week for sure!

That’s all I have for you this week! Feel free to comment below or send me an email with anything specific you would like to know about me, filmmaking, or this weird lifestyle I am living. I would be more than happy to share! Don’t forget to follow YUPP on Instagram @yupproductions or me on twitter @cicecuellar!