Cheryl Q Leader

Cheryl Q Leader

Creatrixx


INDIVISION2000 Productions


Start writing your own story by literally writing down everything you want to do and be. Then move forward, even if you have to take steps back or curve or pause. What you create for yourself can and will happen through your sheer tenacity...

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Born into a world that did not see all women equally and we were never included into the stories as we once were when we were honored, valued and respected from all continents' belief systems.
To know that the alcoholism and abuse was not who you are and that your parents were sadly people living through the hate and unacceptance of Mexicans, Jews & any women in this "united" new realm.
When I couldn't be chosen to be cheerleader of my high school because I wasn't a certain color/legacy, I created our first SPARTAN (Athena/Artemis) mascot so I could cheer despite not being chosen.
When not hearing back from UCLA by mid-May (despite acceptance from UCR/UCSD), I made an appt & drove up to speak w/AAP whereby I was chosen that day to attend.
While starting gymnastics at 15, I was able to walk on the team as the first Latina! Helping to take Bruins from 15th to 6th in nation. First time on plane, first time travel across the country.
When my parents could not pay for my education, I worked 2 jobs. Whatever it took to ensure I could attain my education-even if I was on Probation/STD & had to change my major from Bio-Med.
It took 5 yrs to graduate, however I took summer school in Hawaii, was the first Latina DJ on KLA, Spirit Coordinator Bruin Belles, a ChiOmega, making WalterWheatbunny sandwiches at North Campus.
I was honored to graduate a Chancellor's Marshall - the first ever in my family on both sides ever to go or graduate high school or college. To begin again in the "real world" w/all new adventures!
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
South Torrance High School
Bachelor
English Language and Literature - Women's Studies Specialization
University of California, Los Angeles

Career

Creatrixx

Writer/Director/Producer Educational Media for the Latina/o CommUnity * Create Educational Events for Latina Students

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Education
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Meeting people. Researching what's being done and needs to be done. Communicating what you need to others. Attend as many events in entertainment to learn what others are doing and may need from you. Writing, following up on projects and/or pitching new ones. Creating panels and programs that others are not doing (nor have done in the past) in order to facilitate what diverse women may need or want to pursue their own stories and personal desires, dreams, and destinies. Rewrite & ReImage.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Listen and observe as to what's being talked about and what's actually being walked. Read about women archaeologists who are finding out new information which was never told about women from all continents. Promote and invite diverse women to share their stories from their own lives, their mother's life and their grandmother's life to gain an accurate telling of what is and what others around you "tell you what is". It's up to us to be the true pioneers in our age of discovery and evolution.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Internships. Helping out on other people's projects. Go for temporary positions, so you can move in & out fluidly w/o hard expectations from employers who want you to stay with them too long. I, of course, after winning a writing competition at Universal (first woman chosen in 10yrs) - started my own company & was the 1st Latina to produce a US synd.program by/about Latina/os. Don't Take "no" As The Answer. Be a Bridger, Enter All Closed Doors. With Your Will, There Will Always Be a Way!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature - Women's Studies Specialization

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Being a diverse woman from bi-racial parents in low-income jobs and wanting to pursue athletics (gymnastics) wasn't right or normal...or to write women's sports for our high school paper, or to give the graduation speech, or to pursue a college like UCLA."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
Financial