In this final episode of Speaking in First Draft Season One, Mentee Justine Ramirez and Mentor Viviana Leo engage in a conversation about authentic representation of humanity in scriptwriting, the importance of planning and discipline in your craft, and the struggles with getting others to read your work. Join in on the laughs and enjoy this lighthearted conversation between two amazing storytellers.
Justine Ramirez is a recent Hunter College graduate who received her bachelor’s in Media Studies, and minored in fields she is equally passionate in, which were English and Women & Gender Studies. She interned at Jax Media and on late night shows such as Desus & Mero as a Production Intern, working towards a career as a storyteller within the entertainment industry. She aspires to use her passion of writing to become further involved in the development side of media, and change the landscape of hispanic representation on TV. Her favorite forms of writing are screenwriting, prose, poetry, and letter-writing.
Favorite Authors & Artists
Audre Lorde, Jenny Han, & Lucia Hierro
My creative work can be broken down into four words: hispanic characters, everyday stories. For a large part of my life, as a Latina who loves literary and televised entertainment, I struggled relating to main characters in stories because they oftentimes weren’t hispanic, and didn’t reflect my experiences or things comparable to my culture/identity. I love to express the Latin American experience as unique from others, but still, show how relatable our experiences can be, once given the chance.