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An Evening With Jaime Camil

‘Jane the Virgin’ star offers Cal State LA students career advice.

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Jaime Camil, Latinx theatre professional, at The Theatre Arts department

Jaime Camil, Latinx theatre professional, at The Theatre Arts department

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Jaime Camil, Latinx theatre professional, at The Theatre Arts department

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Jaime Camil is a Mexican theatre professional who was invited to campus to work with students in the Theatre Arts department. The evening was organized and hosted by Professor Stephen Rothman.

During the event, Camil focused primarily on attitude, talent, skills, hard work, self-development and most importantly, self-confidence. It was made clear that the acting and theatrical industry comes with a lot of rejection. He also reflected on his experiences from auditioning which was mostly guided by persistence.

This event was filled with laughter as his expressions made the evening quite comical. In talking about his personal life, Camil mentioned that he is self-made and encouraged every young person to be responsible in their affairs, while at the same time maintaining gratitude in every opportunity that is offered.

In respect to directing, he mentioned that it’s completely alright to point out what’s wrong on set as long as it’s done in a polite manner. Rather than being critical, providing support and encouragement allows an individual to strive in future endeavors. “How important is social media in this field?” asked a student.

“Social media is generally unfair to the talent one may have because projects differ, which brings multiple levels of popularity. Due to the complexity of the industry, one mustn’t just go by the ‘rule book’, but know how to go around certain situations in order to avoid being a ‘yesman,’ said Camil.

Another student asked, asking “What advice do you have for newly hired individuals in the industry?”

“To the newbies: figure out preferences in terms of specialty, such as acting and comedy, because that way a level of confidence is maintained. Find networks and subscribe to mailing lists offering relatable opportunities but most importantly, practice consistent humility and discipline,” responded Camil.

Throughout the engagement, students acknowledged the benefits of hearing Camil speak.

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