Calvin Grace, who is majoring in digital cinema at Eastern New Mexico University, dreams of becoming a screenwriter and actor because of a love of writing and acting that began at a young age.
“I hope that one day I can buy a ticket to a movie and read the credits written by Calvin Grace,” he says.
Calvin, recipient of a student filmmaker scholarship, is working on two films. He hopes to involve them in competitions to “make my name known”.
He starred in two films as an extra. “In one of the movies, I was on set with Haley Lu Richardson, whom I made laugh,” he shares. “She had to bring the makeup artist back for treatment because I made her cry with laughter; it was probably the best part of my film career so far.”
The Dean’s List winner was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2009. He has three older sisters and his parents both work as medical device representatives.
He chose to go to Eastern because “I thought it was the best choice for cinema to be so close to Albuquerque and also to have the best film department I have seen; it was the best thing I could have done. “
The junior provides advice to students interested in his field of study: “Relationships, relationships, relationships and luck, that’s what you have to remember. But seriously, if you want a career, you have to want it.
Rick Shepardson served as Calvin’s mentor. The assistant professor of cinema helped him to “understand cinema and what you can do [with it]. “
Calvin enjoyed a course called Screenwriting because “most of what I know now comes from this class.”
The Kappa Sigma member’s favorite thing about Greyhound life is “the family you create”. He enjoys visiting the fraternity house and the Golden Student Success Center because “they always have a funny story behind them when they go home”.
The Dawg Days advisor, who works at Lowe’s, has a number of hobbies including writing, playing video games, watching football and spending time with friends “playing silly.”
When asked about his other goals in life, Calvin shares that his dream is to “have a loving daughter and family.”