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


Surprisingly easy to be a copy editor

As the chief copy editor for The Skyline View, I have to read every article written before it can be published. You’d think my job would be hard, what with having to know the ins and outs of every bit of the AP Style book (basically a journalistic dictionary) and basic English, among other things. Shockingly, it’s actually pretty easy. That doesn’t mean it isn’t incredibly frustrating though.

At this point in my education, it has become very clear to me that many students don’t have the same grasp of language that I do. While I can write an essay or article with ease in an hour or two, it is a chore to many. This little tidbit is what makes my job hard. It is the easiest thing in the world placing an appropriate comma, but only if the sentence makes enough sense to clearly need a comma.

At this point I don’t know if it is because the educational system of the United States is in a rapid state of decay or if Internet short hand has taken over, but the amount of spelling mistakes and scattered thoughts in the articles I read is impressive and mildly frightening. It shouldn’t be so hard to write a coherent English sentence when you’ve been taking English classes since Kindergarten.

On the plus side though, the amount of simple mistakes are easily remedied if given the proper attention.

First of all, the most important lesson is to not sweat the small things. As the copy editor, it’s my job to make sure all of the colons, periods and commas are in the right place. As a writer, it is your job to make sure I can understand what you’re saying enough to place those periods and commas. It doesn’t matter how many commas you have if all you did was spill a can of alphabet soup and copy down the results.

The second tip works similarly to the first: your phone’s auto-correct is not your friend. It will sooner predict words you use frequently than the words you actually want. I can’t edit something that should have said “The governors picked up the pieces” if it says “The giraffes licked up the pizzas.” Context clues can only lead me so far, your article shouldn’t be a treasure map to your point.

Lastly, try reading a well-written book. Reading a good book (critically acclaimed or well-reviewed) can help teach you appropriate thought routes and streamline your own writing process. Find a book renowned for it’s plot and study how it is written. Seeing examples of ordered plot may help prevent deviations in your own writing, preventing a jumble of paragraphs that seem like puzzle pieces for me to rearrange.

Overall, the worst part of being a copy editor is getting to see the failure of education in action. Having to read literally everything exposes me to some of the worst writing I have ever seen, but the improvements I notice over the course of a semester only serve to enforce the benefits of one final tip: practice.

The more writing that happens, the better the writing will be. Obviously I can write well, I spend all my time writing. My job is literally perfecting writing. Now all I need is for everyone else to perfect spelling.

Haley Holmes
TSV Chief Copy Editor

What’s it like to be a Sports Editor?

Being the sports editor was something that I expected coming into the newsroom. I know that it is the most declined position on the paper; some people just aren’t into sports. Personally, I’m indifferent to being the sports editor for plenty of reasons, but the main one is just that I’m not a “sports guy.”

I didn’t know particularly how to follow sports at first and I just wasn’t into it. Like I said though, I expected to become the sports editor. Once the fall semester of 2015 was over, I tried to learn more.

Although I had a small knowledge of basketball and boxing, I tried to learn more about the analytics. After a few months, I felt like I had a good base to write sports stories from, but I still needed some help. Getting help here is pretty easy though, because almost everyone is happy to help. Unfortunately, it got to a point where I felt like I was being coddled. That is why I always felt crappy every time I messed something up.

The thing about being a sports editor is that getting sports stories isn’t hard at all. You just bring up a website and see which games you want to cover. The hard part is getting writers and photographers to go and cover the games. I don’t know how many times I needed a writer for a game and they were not available. It was always the same group of people that wanted to cover the games for me, and I am grateful for them. It also didn’t hurt to write some articles myself, in case of emergency. And there are emergencies, trust me.

In all, this has to be one of the most intense but rewarding positions I’ve had so far. Being the sports editor was a blessing in disguise. Although I came in not expecting anything except doing my job, I learned a great deal. Without the partiality of sports, I was more focused on the job at hand and it kept me from going crazy when experimenting. It also helped me be more diverse with my writing as well as my experience reach.

Everyone who wants to have a career in journalism has to cover whatever is available, whether it is sports or a feature story. Make sure you take every opportunity that you can, it might just serve you well like it did me.

Blynn Beltran
TSV Sports Editor

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

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