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Nicole Falkenberg '08

Nicole recently contacted us to share her experience in LA, and to encourage students interested in the film industry to contact her to learn more.
Nicole was a "lifer" of St. Andrew's. She recalls Darryl Borges having a special role during her college application process. She says, "I first knew Senor Borges as my Spanish teacher freshman year, and then I was fortunate enough to have him as my senior year advisor. I will be forever grateful to him for his kindness and for being a cheerleader for me throughout high school and especially during the college application process. I still firmly believe that whatever he said in his support letter must have played a strong role in my admission to UT. I know he'd be proud to see that although I work in a field that is stressful by nature, I never allow myself to panic. He was eternally patient and supportive for the long months I spent incessantly freaking out waiting to hear back from UT!"   
After graduating from UT, Nicole moved to LA to work at a talent agency. She now works in Publicity at Fox Searchlight Pictures, which has won the Academy Award for Best Picture both years that she has worked there (first for 12 Years A Slave and most recently for Birdman). She says, "It's been a busy year and our upcoming slate is awesome! I wanted to share my story in case any students are interested in potentially working in the industry. LA is amazing! I can also now add that our next film is called 'Me & Earl & The Dying Girl' which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance earlier this year. It releases in Austin on June 26 and I'd encourage everyone to go see it; it's one of my favorites!"  

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