There are times when I ask myself, “What the hell did I get myself into?”

Not only am I a full time student who is a news editor for the second time, I also run my own business.

Time management can be a person’s worst enemy, especially when a student such as myself is attempting to prioritize my responsibilities. There are times when I find myself focusing solely on my business. Other times, the newsroom wins over my other classes and my business.

My business, if anyone is wondering, is a spiritual trade. I am a mystic, a holistic healer of sorts. A mystic is a type of psychic who delves into many types of divination, looking into the client’s future, aiding them with their problems. Or, as it usually ends, with the client needing someone to listen to them.

My gifts I have been blessed with enable me to help others understand themselves and get an idea of where they stand in life. One of my gifts includes going between the spirit world and the physical world. (This is my perspective. If you don’t believe in it, fine with me.)

Anyway, when business opportunities come up, I have to sacrifice my time at school in order for my business to grow. This does not mean I jump when potential clients say jump. The only time I leave school is when it is an event. Those are one of the bigger ones to do, and a great opportunity to advertise. Don’t get me wrong, single clients are great as well, but when there are tons of people there are more business cards to be handed out.

Like most businesses today which do not have a physical location, it can be difficult to draw in customers. Or least advertise that I have a business, which is open.

Since I am a full time student, I have limitations on when I can do readings. The times I do are Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some techniques I use in attempting to emphasize that: one I only do house calls and two people have to make an appointment. Hence this is where it would be easier to have a physical location. Cars pass by and people, they read the open/close sign and read the hours and realize when they are able to come in.

Also there would be more opportunity for customers to do walk-ins if I had a physical location on those certain days.

These circumstances do not stop me. They actually give me the opportunity to be creative with advertisement and learn better business techniques. Seriously, social media is a god-send. It helps me in spreading the word about my business through hashtags, pictures and posts.

If not, flyers and word of mouth would be it for me since I am still on a limited budget.

Laurel B. Lujan
TSV News Editor


Stress less

Running a hot bath
hearing a best friend’s laugh
sipping a warm cup of tea
having a day just for me
smelling the lit incense
taking a dew deep breaths
belting out my favorite tune
(believe it or not) cleaning my room
pigging out on comfort food
writing a song, if i’m in the mood
running one mile, or three, or five
remembering to be grateful to be alive

various ways to take stress away
the easiest way is to say
it will all be okay

Michelle Brignoli
TSV Editor in Chief

Why do I love making videos?

So I’m back, as The Skyline View’s multimedia editor, even though I’ve been the multimedia editor two semesters now and have been working on multimedia for more than two years straight. So you have to ask me the burning question, what is it like editing videos and multimedia, and how do you keep doing it?

I just love videos.

I was one of those kids who always wanted to create content for others to see, and growing up with YouTube inspired me to make videos and post them online. I didn’t get into filmography until recently either, as I used to be an engineering major, which is a huge jump too.

Watching YouTube channels like CorridorDigital and RocketJump, I was inspired to work with videos, albeit not in the Special Effects department. Just as long as I’m making edits to videos, cutting and trimming, mixing audio, all that jazz. It’s fun to see the fruits of my labor, to see something work so well even when I unintentionally make an edit and it turns out to be perfect. It just makes me really happy and proud about my work.

I joined the news room two years ago, not expecting to want to do multimedia and make videos. I really jumped in as a writer, expecting to write stories, to interview people, and all things journalism. But after one semester of being the multimedia editor, I fell in love. I didn’t realize that making videos could be so fun, that editing was what I wanted to do. Even if I still am not a journalism major, I wouldn’t mind doing broadcast or being a video editor for a news publication.

Here I am now, making videos, learning as I go. Unfortunately, Skyline College doesn’t have a film program, so I can’t expand my horizons here. I’m going to transfer, maybe to San Francisco State University or San Jose State University. Or Academy of Arts, who knows.

Either way, one of my professors is the one who got me into making videos. He was a film major before he decided to go all the way around and become a Biology major and teach. But he said it was a fun experience, even though it was taxing on his personal life. I feel like I could totally handle that, and I wouldn’t mind the stress video editing as a profession can bring. So I’m going strong with this, and sticking as a film major.

Miguel Garcia
TSV Multimedia Editor

Taking the chance to be a part of The Skyline View

The year prior to this one, I had given up on school and decided to work full time as a USPS mailman. The money was great, but I didn’t picture myself living the rest of my life that way. No offense to those who have made a living working for the post office, such as my father, but I just felt as if I was cheating myself by settling for the job.

So, I returned to school after spending the semester and summer working. Still undecided on a major, I decided to take a journalism class because I heard how much a friend enjoyed it. Unfortunately as the semester finished, I still had not committed to any major, and again felt as I was cheating myself by settling.

It was just past midnight, making it the early morning of January 20. For many, it would be the first day of the current spring semester at Skyline College. But for me, it was an empty day on my schedule; I had only been registered for two classes. An online lab biology class to meet my lab science requirement and an english class. So, I decided to join the The Skyline View to fill the void in my schedule. I figured it was time to take this seriously.

There I was, walking in as one of the last people to arrive to class, not knowing what to do, let alone where to sit in the newsroom. Returning staffers had their established computers and taken seats, while a few new staffers were able to grab the remaining ones. So I sat in the corner of the room, on a stool, under the white board until we moved to an actual classroom. Even then I sat away from the other staffers.

This went on for a couple of weeks and I was about ready to drop school again to work as a mailman. I was struggling to establish myself in class because I felt that my writing skills were nowhere ready to be published on the school paper. Thankfully one of the beginning staff roles was to be a photographer, something that I’ve always had as a hobby. Still, I feel it wasn’t until I took pictures of the Chinese New Year’s performance that people actually knew what my role was in the class.

If had not taken those pictures, I may still be sitting under the white board not knowing what to do. Funny thing about it was, I wasn’t even assigned to cover the event. I just happened to be there.

I got a couple of pictures in the paper but it wasn’t like everyone was ready to be my friend. It was more like “Hey, that’s pretty cool.” But people started to talk and give me assignments, which was all I really needed. I even got to write a baseball story, but I messed up by not getting any interviews. In fairness our team took a really bad loss that day, but I should have asked anyway, so that I would have quotes for my story.

The Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) conference was the next chance I had to take photos, and also allowed me the chance to see how other community colleges school’s papers were like. I was told it was going to be competitive weekend, and one of the few things I’m sure of about myself is that I love to compete. More so physical competitions though.

That weekend I got to test myself and I was glad with the outcome but I was sure I could have done a lot better. None the less, just being able to see what I got against others was enough to satisfy and energize me for the rest of the semester.

This might sound like a bunch of random events but it ties together somehow. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m glad that I took a few chances with journalism, and that I am figuring a lot of things along the way. Or it might actually just be a bunch of random events. I don’t know.

Kevin Perez
TSV Photographer

Seeing through the lens of a photographer

The best advice I have been given by any photographer is to always carry my camera with me.

Every morning, I pack my backpack with my laptop, notebooks and assorted snacks like everyone else. Then I pack my camera bag with freshly charged batteries, memory cards, lenses and a hard drive (and my camera of course), and I’m ready for the day.

I started doing photography as a senior in high school three years ago, and I loved it. I loved learning how cameras work and learning my way around one. I loved learning how to compose images and learning how to look at the world in a whole new way. That senior photography class inspired me to keep looking at the world through a completely different lens (literally).

When I started carrying my camera with me everywhere, I would shoot everything I saw, practicing framing and composition. The initial goal was not to always make pretty images, but to make photos where the elements inside the frame flow well. I learned how to look at the world around me as infinite subjects.

Lately, street photography has been gaining a lot of popularity with photographers and viewers alike. Every street photographer gives us a look into how they see the world around them in a very unique, and often stylized way.

My photography professor at College of San Mateo, Richard Lohmann, strongly encouraged experimenting with street photography. He taught us its origins with early twentieth century French photographer Henri Cartier-Breson, and the phrase used by Bresson, “decisive moment”. The “decisive moment” is best described as the moment in which one decides to actually take a photo. Whether you are waiting for someone to walk, run or jump into frame, or for the perfect light, or anything to happen, the moment you decide to shoot the photo is that “decisive moment.”

Street photography is most often set in large, urban environments. San Francisco is a very popular setting and subject for many street photographers. In my experiments with street photography, I would walk around the city’s downtown looking for any interesting people, buildings and even storefronts. The placement of people and geometric shapes are very important in establishing a style in street photography.

One thing I see too often is someone shooting too far from their subject, and I always think of another thing Richard Lohmann taught me, “get ten percent closer”. I purposely use a very short lens, which means I have to get closer to my subjects in order to get the subject clarity I want in my photo. People are not always very open to having their picture taken, which makes getting closer a challenge, and sometimes photographers aren’t always comfortable or brave enough to get close enough to someone to take their photo.

I have been caught taking someone’s photo before, but for the sake of the photo, I asked their permission, handed them a dollar bill, and continued to shoot when they returned to their candid state.

I enjoy street photography because it challenges me a change to look at a small area in depth and It challenges me to leave my comfort zone to get closer and shoot people a candid setting rather than a formal portrait.

Andrew Avilla
TSV Photo Editor

Job hunt or peel your nails off individually?

It’s the latter, and here’s why.

Job searching is the worst. It’s time consuming, torturous, soul-breaking work and the only thing worse than not hearing back from the 800 companies you applied to is the constant stream of uninvited advice that everyone from your mom to your insurance provider feels the need to give you.

It’s not that you don’t appreciate their care and thoughts, it’s just you’d be more excited if that advice involved a real job cropping up in the future, say before you have to start subsisting off cat food.

But of course, the worst of the worst is the actual application process.

The endless search through Monster, Indeed and Craigslist and your personal contacts list.

The headaches from the endless job listings that sound like they were made up in the movie Office Space.

The uncomfortable trying-not-to-sound-desperate e-mails to friends of friend’s friends’ friends.

The jobs that look great until you see the little line of requirements: 400+ years experience, fluent in C++, cuneiform, Arabic, two PhDs, and a super great attitude that starts with a smile!

That nice simple application to Safeway is starting to look pretty good now, huh?

Finally, when you have about 100 tabs open to postings that promise “even you can make a great kindergarten teacher,” you find that one gem in the landslide of receptionists. And then, everything just gets worse.

You spend an hour, sweaty palming the keyboard to create a semblance of a cover letter from idiotic phrases like “my biggest weakness is being too hard on myself.” Then you spend another hour making sure you didn’t leave any spelling mistakes that belie your complete inadequacy for any job, and then whoosh it’s off into cyberspace.

Nine days later, you either haven’t heard back and are rocking yourself back and forth on the floor wondering what was so bad to not even receive a response, or you’re sitting at weird angles so you don’t mess up your unused work slacks on the bus to your–inevitably awful– interview.

Ah, the interview. What couldn’t be wonderful about meeting face to face with someone who holds your entire future in their uncaring fists? What isn’t joyful about forcing your positive attributes upon a stranger in the hopes that they will give you money to do something poorly, with the hopes that you’ll adjust quickly and actually benefit others somehow, with the hopes that this will then earn you more money?

In the end, it may or may not be worth it. Each terrible job may, just may, bring you closer to a career you love, one that makes work feel like vacation, one that fills your life with passion. But then again, there’s the strong possibility that your job, one finally procured, might amount to a stint of energy depriving drudgery and you’ll be flung back into the whole job search cycle in a few months time.

So really, just peel your fingernails off one by one. You’ll save yourself a lot of pain.

Madison J. Tidwell
TSV Staff Writer

Life for a theater student at Skyline?

For a theater student, rejection is a common occurrence, and one that you learn to grow with. Theater is an art form, and art requires you to step out of comfort zones, and go out on limbs. The unfortunate truth about leaving those zones, and hanging off of those limbs, is that you then have the chance of falling.

Theater is all about falling. It’s about rememorizing and reviewing a monologue that you already know by heart each day leading up to an audition. It’s then replaying every minute of that audition back through your mind, looking for any moment that could have been better. There is this constant awareness that you may not get the part that you auditioned for, you may not get any part at all, but for some reason, we continue to do it.

Despite the chance of falling, for a theater student, the stage gives one this indescribable feeling inside. We can complain about rehearsal, or costuming, or weekend cue-to-cues, but if someone told us to quit, to stop this and put away all those chances of falling, we wouldn’t considerate it.

Theater is the place where I feel at home. When I am surrounded by others who also enjoy and participate in theater, I know that my personality will be accepted.

We are a rowdy bunch. A loud gathering of improvised arguments, random song lyrics, and an excess of emotions. There is a balance we must find between our nerves and the trust we have for ourselves and our ensemble. Nerves, however unpleasant they can end up being, are a reminder to us that we are alive. They are a reminder that we can feel. And the challenge that actors face is the process of taking those nerves and turning them into emotion.

We learn to invite that hesitance that builds in our stomach closer, we learn to recognize it as it is. Then, with time, practice, and wonderful influence from directors or fellow actors, we can transform that into a variety of sensations.

The seductive essence of acting is its realness. It’s a contradicting thought to process—the realness of acting. It can be argued that acting is a form of pretending. Which, in one way, is true (most of us aren’t Henry V). But, in another way it is a very honest art form. Theater takes very complex subjects and presents them in a way that an audience can sympathize with.

When you are on the other side of that—when you are the one who is sympathizing for the audience, you are connected to emotions that may not wholly be yours, but in some way, you embrace them. Actors are able to swallow and express very human experiences and emotions. We help to bridge the gap between reality and fantasy through language and motion.

It is because of this expressive nature that acting continues to thrive despite the harshness of rejection.

By Erin Perry
Skyline College student