Time Management

Hi everyone!

Today I want to discuss time management. I typically work well under pressure and on a deadline, however, I do not know how to manage my personal time. I am often letting my work overflow into my personal time to complete any project I am working on at the time. One example is when I was shooting a music video fell on the day I had plans with my friends for Galentines day. I went to the shoot and filmed all day and I was so excited to start editing. Naturally, I debated what I wanted to do but ultimately decided to hang out with my friends. Later that night when I got home I started editing on the video and stayed up till 2AM editing.

This is how my time is broken down. I have a full-time job where I work as a highlight editor. Lately, I have taken on clients and their music videos. Lastly, I have been working to grow this blog and YUPP’s Instagram.

I do have a full-time job and I work 40 hours a week, however, I work 4 days a week for 10 hours a day, which gives me an extra day off weekly. On that extra day, I dedicate my time towards YUPP, whether it’s the blog or a cool new video. When I work on a music video, I am typically editing around the clock. Depending on what time I head into work, I might edit before or after. On my days off, I typically will dedicate 8 to 10 hours to the music video until the video is completed.

Lately, I have been incredibly motivated to write more about myself and the process that goes into being a filmmaker. With that motivation comes energy to edit and create more videos whether they are for Instagram or YouTube.

This week was the first Tuesday I took an off day from working on YUPP, for a day to myself. I don't have a music video scheduled until next month, so I decided to spend the day outside since it was really nice. The consequence to that would be that I did not get a chance to a blog post on Tuesday because I was unprepared, but I am okay with that. It doesn't matter how much time you have, it will always feel like you do not have enough hours in the day or days of the week or weeks in the year to finish whatever you are working on.

I hope you are enjoying reading my thoughts and comments through this blog. If you are listening to the podcast hope you are enjoying that as well. I look forward to creating more content for you to read, watch, and listen. If you have anything, in particular, you are wondering about please don’t hesitate to email me your questions at Yupproductionsinfo@gmail.com. Till next time friends!


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!


You can call me a FILMMAKER

Hi All!

Today, I am going to write about who I am and how I got to be where I am today. I am a Producer and I am an Editor…. I am an Independent Filmmaker.


For as long as I could remember, I always said I wanted to be a Filmmaker, but specifically, I wanted to be an editor. I was a senior in High School when I created my first ever project. I was in an awesome after-school program created by Maggie Daley called Gallery 37. It was here that I learned everything about production, and I created a projected called “Her Name Was Isabella.” I wrote it, directed it, and edited it. When editing this project, I was in a fancy suite with multiple monitors and an editing keyboard and I could really picture that for myself in the future.


Off I went to DePaul University, where I majored in Digital Cinema and I was concentrating in Film Production. In the end, I ended up with a degree in Digital Cinema with a concentration in TV Production. While in college I worked for the College of Communication and its broadcasting of the show Good Day DePaul. I loved editing and that is what I knew I wanted to pursue in a career out of college.

Once I graduated college in 2016, I seemed to have lost my inspiration, motivation, and probably even my confidence. The bright light that once shined had dimmed and I was stuck in a rut. Naturally, I did everything I could to get myself out of the hole of negativity I was sitting in. I left my part-time job where my boss had emotionally drained me of all inspirations, motivation, and confidence.


In the summer of 2017, I decided to take things into my own hands. I had just started a new job that was not related to anything in production, but it was easy, full time, and with unlimited vacation days. On a whim, I decided to sign up for the 48 Hour Film Project with a few friends. In August we spend 48 hours together writing filming and editing a project. Mite was created in that weekend and I was so proud of the project as a whole. My team was amazing and the finished project was just everything I hoped for it to be. In September, the projects were screened and MITE was screened at the best of Chicago screening and we had won a runner up audience award.

I was definitely on a high from the whole experience so as a team we decided to participate in the 4 Point Film Project. We created FLITE for this competition and we are super proud of our work even though we did not make the cut to win any awards.

2018 and early 2019 was definitely something! In the beginning I thought I knew in what direction I wanted to go in, however, things didn’t pan out as planned. I spent the rest of the year really focusing on finding a job in production, and in August I finally found my new home. I relaunched YUPP as a personal blog and finally finished up my Work page to showcase the work I have worked on.

Thank you again for reading this blog. Please check out the content on this site and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or if you are interested in working together. Feel free to follow me on Instagram @Yupproductions for updates or for fun!