Members of our network are able to successfully launch their careers.

 

NAME

Aris Mendoza

CURRENT POSITION

Writer's Assistant

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Being part of the Hillman Grad Network has has helped me make major strides in my writing career. Completing script coverage helped me hone my critical thinking skills and identify why certain scripts work and how scripts can improve. Participating in HGN writing groups and sponsored classes at Script Anatomy helped strengthen the foundation of my craft and sharpen my tools.

After two years of consistent involvement and engagement with the HGN, I am happy to say that they helped me book a dream writing gig working for one of my idols and I signed with a top literary management company! 

"Being part of the Hillman Grad Network has has helped me make major strides in my writing career. "

aris mendoza

 

 

NAME

Adeola Burke

CURRENT POSITION

Assistant at WME

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In my post-graduate life crisis I had no prospects of what the future held for me. While bingeing YouTube videos, I found Lena's talk on  the Frequency TV channel and became a fan that day. She dished out all the secrets! From there I watched every single thing that had her name on it.

I channeled my inner Yo Gotti to slide in Lena's DM's...and she responded! That led to a phone call where she encouraged me to move out to LA and join the Hillman Grad Network. She promised, "I won't leave you hanging". Not only did she not leave me hanging, but she set me up with an amazing job at THE  William Morris Endeavor!

I could go on and on about how impactful she has been in my life but I'll cap it here: Lena is a legend -- the real deal, not only in her artistry, but in her relationships as well. Why else would she gamble on a stranger from Glastonbury, CT? I show up in everything I do, and with everyone I meet because of lessons I've learned from the network.

"I show up in everything I do, and with everyone I meet because of lessons I've learned from the network."

ADEOLA BURKE

 

 

NAME

Jade Branion

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CURRENT POSITION

Writer's Assistant, The CHI

The Hillman Grad Network has helped me make monumental strides in my career. After meeting Lena  during a panel at the 2017 LA Film Festival, everything changed for me. Lena poured into me and always believed in me. I jumped at any opportunity to serve the network - be it writing script coverage, running errands, doing research - whatever they needed, I always made time for. I finally found a community of likeminded people, all striving to be the best writers they could be. This inspired me to work on my craft more than I ever had before. 

I developed life-long friends and industry connections that I wouldn’t have been able to make otherwise. Less than a year after I joined, I was hired as the Writer’s Assistant for Season 2 of The CHI. Being in a predominantly black writer’s room made me realize the importance of seeing people who looked like me living out my dreams. You can’t be what you can’t see.

"The Hillman Grad Network has helped me make monumental strides in my career."

jade branion

 

 

NAME

Gary Wilkerson, Jr.

CURRENT POSITION

Writer's Assistant

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The Hillman Grad Network was a huge help when I was between gigs. They connected me with a writer whose friend was looking for a new assistant for him and his writing partner. I sent my resume their way and I had an interview by the end of the week. I've been working for the guys for a year now and that's all thanks to Lena and the Hillman Grad team!

"The Hillman Grad Network was a huge help when I was between gigs."

gary wilkerson, jr.