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Fernando J. Pérez
Fernando J. Pérez

Fernando J. Pérez

Silicon Valley De-Bug

San Jose, CA USA

"I don’t think there is a formula for how to be a successful student. For me, success was the privilege of being able to continue to learn."

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Fernando J.'s work combines: Film, Non-Profit Organizations, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Video Coordinator

I am a social biography video producer, editor and community organizer.


Day In The Life Of A Video Coordinator

My Day to Day

I coordinate the production of the social biography videos for court sentencing, co-edit Silicon Valley De-Bug print and web media, and conduct trainings in multimedia production.

Skills & Education

Advice for getting started

Do what you love, and what I love is to work with people and tell their stories.

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Television Radio Film Theater (TRFT)

    San Jose State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Producers & Directors:

Bachelor's Degree: Art

Bachelor's Degree: Theatre/Theater

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I was born and raised in San Jose, California.

  • 2.

    I went to a performing arts high school, where I was introduced to art, theater, and digital media.

  • 3.

    Attended a local community college in Cupertino, California, for about five years—while I was there, I was able to explore my various interests.

  • 4.

    I found that my passions were really centered around ethnic studies, film/television, and helping other people embrace their culture and identity.

  • 5.

    Transferred to San Jose State University, where I earned my degree in television, radio, film, and theater (TRFT).

  • 6.

    While there, I had the opportunity to run a radio show and a public access television show that focused on telling diverse stories from the community of San Jose.

  • 7.

    After I was wrongly arrested during a traffic stop, I wrote about my experience for Silicon Valley De-Bug, a community advocacy organization that gave me a platform to fight my case.

  • 8.

    Inspired by their mission, I took my background in video production and radio to help Silicon Valley De-Bug elevate their stories—I am now a full-time video coordinator for the organization.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Get into a career that makes money!

  • How I responded:

    Do what you love, and what I love is to work with people and tell their stories.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I wasn't always the best student in high school, but I always made sure to challenge myself to do better. I spent a lot of time in community college (more than average) where I allowed myself to explore my various interests.

  • I had an incident with some police officers when I was younger who wrongly arrested me during a traffic stop. I used my network and our platform to call attention to this injustice.