A gathering at the new Film and TV Magnet at the Roybal Learning Center, with Hollywood star power stepping behind the scenes to make it happen.
“There’s probably a lot of pressure, it’s okay, they can handle it, they’re tough kids,” actor George Clooney said.
Clooney leads the group of board members donating time and money to what will be the first and only high school magnet program in Los Angeles to make Hollywood magic.
“The only pressure they’re under is being given an opportunity that they haven’t had before,” Clooney said.
For so many students across LA Unified, Hollywood dreams are just dreams. This program aims to change that with a focus on editing, costume design, makeup and animation.
“It’s really important more than anything because of access,” said Blanca Cruz, director of the Roybal Learning Center. “If we really want people in our community to thrive and succeed, we need to give them access to resources, give them the opportunities that they don’t have.”
Don Cheadle and Mindy Kaling pointing out the problem of diversity in Hollywood. This is something that these students have already noticed themselves.
You can have a career, and you can have health insurance and you can buy a house and raise a family,” Cheadle said. “We’re just trying to provide access to those jobs that a lot of kids haven’t even heard of. talk before.”
The first class of the Royal Film and TV Magnet will be the Class of 2025.
“I think people like George Clooney recognize that from an equity perspective, there are a lot of people in our community who are not fairly represented,” said LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvhalo. “It will allow the youth of Los Angeles to train in a viable field where there is a lack of talent and where there are positions.”