With Netflix's potential arrival, more opportunities than ever for New Mexicans
October 19, 2018 06:19 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – With Netflix expected to come to Albuquerque and bring hundreds of new jobs along with it, even those who aren't currently working on a set can soon find work in the film industry while staying in the Land of Enchantment.
Albuquerque isn't the first place people think of in terms of cities to live in when pursuing a career in film, but that's exactly what Alejandro Montoya Marin did.
"I've always been attracted to films, ever since I was a kid," said the auteur, who moved to Albuquerque 10 years go to pursue his dreams. "It's going to take a while. You're going to hear a lot of noise, but if this is what you want to do and you don't care what anyone thinks, do it."
That drive paid off for him, as he readies to premiere his film "Monday" at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.
For anyone else wanting to get their foot in the door, city leaders say the opportunity is there.
"The film business is a business. It's also art," said Alicia Keyes, a liaison with the Albuquerque Film Office. "You have to hone your craft and you have to get great at what you're doing, so when you do get the opportunity you shine."
Keyes said the state's film website has a portal for people to register either their companies or as individuals for work on everything from set construction to costume creation and stage makeup.
There are also training opportunities in the works with CNM's existing program to pump out trained film crew members at a faster rate.
"We're going to supplement it with more teachers, more classes, more highly skilled educational outlets," Keyes said.
That way, when shows and films are in production, there will be New Mexicans ready to apply.
"Right now, if you're in Albuquerque and you want to do film," Marin says, "you're in the perfect place."
Updated: October 19, 2018 06:19 PM
Created: October 19, 2018 04:55 PM
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