Background: Daniel Alvarado has been a professional filmmaker for the past 10 years. He began making short films in high school and discovered his passion. After high school, he continued studying film at CSULB. Daniel currently works full time at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in the Training unit, where he is the Director of Video Publications. Daniel also works for 3rd District Councilwoman Suzie Price as a freelance videographer, and is on the Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Long Beach (ACLB).
How are you making an impact in Long Beach?
Today, video is a popular way to deliver information. Because of the fireworks issue in Long Beach, I recently produced a PSA on the impact that fireworks have on pets. It was a fun and creative project that also spread an important message. Also, I hope that by participating in the ACLB’s Allocations committee and helping artists’ grants to get funded, I contribute toward shaping the artistic landscape of Long Beach in a positive way.
How has Long Beach shaped your world view?
Moving to Long Beach helped me grow as an artist. Being from a small suburb, it’s been refreshing to live in such a diverse community.
What is your vision for the future of Long Beach?
The Long Beach art scene is really popping right now. I am overwhelmed with how many art events go on every weekend. I am optimistic that art will continue to thrive in Long Beach.
What are your goals for the next 5 years?
Even though the art community here is so welcoming and supportive, I feel like my voice is not loud enough. In the coming years, I hope to become a distinguishable Long Beach filmmaker.