Struggling to find a lede

I wish my life could be summarized into an interesting lede, one that would keep people reading. However, I’m still trying to find what my story is about.

I never knew what I wanted to do in life up until high school. It was my freshman year at Canoga Park High School when I joined an introductory photography class and discovered that photography was something that I might be interested in doing.

My sister and I. Yes, we’re twins and no, even I can’t tell us apart.

My photography teacher became almost like a mentor to me. I got firsthand experience photographing school events, such as prom, homecoming and the high school’s 100th anniversary.

Although I graduated in 2016, I still didn’t know whether photography was a career I wanted to pursue. After spending a year in limbo, I decided to enroll at my local community college Los Angeles Pierce College in 2017.

Pierce College didn’t have a degree that was solely photography. My only option was to major in photojournalism, and I was technically “forced” to take journalism classes.

At first, I hated it. Going into it, I just wanted to get through the reporting class and never touch it again. I dreaded being assigned a story because I enjoyed the writing aspect to it but didn’t like the reporting part.

I haven’t had any bad experiences with interviewing so far, and maybe one bad interview will destroy that mindset. However, as the semester went on I learned that interviewing sources wasn’t so bad.

The next year, 2019, I was able to become an editor for Pierce’s campus paper the Roundup news. From 2019 up until December 2020, I got the chance to be a photo, opinion, managing and online editor.

My first story that made it on the front page of the paper (2019).

In the Fall of 2020, I transferred to CSUN as a full on journalism major.

Although I love writing now, I think my passion will always be in photography and I hope to find a career in it when I graduate in the next year or so.

CSUN Journalism major