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Gabrielle Gorman: Telling Stories that Matter

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Have you ever wished you had an opportunity, a listening ear, someone to give you a shot? These are things many of us wished we had earlier on in life, and it’s amazing to see someone like Gabrielle Gorman offer people around the world these opportunities. 

Gabrielle once said, “If I want to do anything in this life, I want young people to feel empowered.” She has been able to impact lives through internship programs through LinkedIn. 

Gabrielle he has had some amazing experiences and some that weren’t as pleasant as a photographer and filmmaker. Now, she is on a mission to give others the opportunities she wishes she had.

In today’s world, who you know could be pivotal to your success. We’ve all had friends and people we know that had great ideas, but it never saw the light of day because they didn’t have the right people to speak with. 

 

Who Is Gabrielle Gorman?

Gabrielle is a film writer, activist, producer, and director. She was born on March 7, 1998, in Los Angeles, California. She is also a twin, and her sister is popular poet Amanda Gorman. 

Both girls were raised by their single mother, Joan Wicks, who was a sixth-grade English teacher in the Los Angeles community of Watts. Both girls attended the New Roads private school in Santa Monica. 

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Gabrielle Gorman: The Filmmaker

Gorman had started experimenting with her creativity even before high school. She wrote a poem titled “Blossom”, which was made into a film in 2014. She also had a six-minute experimental film which she titled “Dear America.”

Gabrielle wrote “Dear America” in response to the shooting of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. This short movie earned her an award at the My Hero International Film Festival in Laguna Beach, California. 

By the fall of 2016, Gabrielle enrolled at UCLA and was selected to be the Shondaland Shadowed. This was a name given to interns participating in a program that had them working on Shonda Rhimes television production sets for Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder

In that same year, Gabrielle was named one of the top seven filmmakers in the U.S by the National Young Arts Foundation. She also got the U.S. Presidential Scholar in Arts nomination, which is the highest award possible for a young American artist.  Gabrielle also received the Sorkin Writing award in 2016.

This was the best possible way to start off her career in the movie industry.

Gorman worked as a video editing intern in 2017 at the Complex Networks in Los Angeles, and in 2018, she was promoted to executive intern in Echo Park. 

During her internship years, she produced some brilliant movies/ documentaries like the short documentary about a 99-year-old African American WWII veteran titled Mr Ewing

In her young career, Gorman has done some charity work and has worked with initiatives such as TEDx and the California Arts Council.

While some people daydream about being a writer, filmmaker, director, CEO, or fashion star, Gabrielle has found a way to do it all together. In fact, she has a plethora of career goals. However, she focuses on her screenwriting career for now because she feels like it’s the core of all her career goals. 

To keep track of her stories, Gabrielle goes around with a journal. She writes poems, songs, and stories in it, so it’s written while the idea is still fresh. Gabrielle has maintained this habit for so long she now has a whole shelf filled with these journals. 

Gabrielle had been writing screenplays even before she understood what screenplays were. In her journals, she finds inspiring ideas, and it’s a sign to her that she is on the right path. Gabrielle Gorman is so good that she was creating pieces even before she knew what career path to pursue. 

One of her most recent pieces, “Bell Parks,” caused her to stumble across one of her journals from first or second grade. She was amused because writing and producing is something she has always done.

Gabrielle Gorman: The Activist

Through her creation of “Bell Parks,” Gabrielle wants to inspire other artists to speak about issues that mean something to them. Filmmakers should tell stories that matter not just stories that sell.  Doing this will create a greater onscreen representation for communities that are neglected. 

Hollywood is gradually catching up to the reality that some stories may not be pleasant, but they must be aired. The filmmaking industry is in need of more changes, not just in terms of black representation but a representation of all colors and stories.  

An industry as big as Hollywood is instrumental in change around the globe, but it shouldn’t end at Hollywood. A lot of groundwork is also needed to make change happen. That is what Gabrielle advocates for as an activist.  She is dedicated to seeing change happen around the globe. The issue of social injustice needs attention, and putting real touching stories on television can help propel the change. 

In terms of creating stories that are inspiring and impactful, Gabrielle suggests that other filmmakers should keep an open mind to new experiences and immerse themselves in their environment. Just try, and you’d be amazed at how new experiences could become the best thing that’s happened to you.

 

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