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ERICK M. VELASQUEZ, Rigging Electric, IATSE Local 728

Where did you grow up?

Southern California born and raised. I was born in Van Nuys and raised in Castaic. I currently reside in Burbank. I can trace my lineage back to the land barons of Rancho Camulos.

What are your responsibilities or roles in your department? As a member of 728, we install, operator, and uninstall all electrical lighting apparatuses. From a piece of fiber optic to mountains of 4/0. When I am working on the rigging side,my main goal is to make sure first unit wants for nothing. Meaning,

supporting first unit in any way, shape or form.

What has been your favorite project to work on?

There have been so many. Being able to work and learn from Mike Bonnaud a few short times before he retired was truly an honor. Of course, anytime you work with your friends is when the magic happens.

What made you want to work in your department?

I started out as a swing like most people coming up in the indie scene today. We eventually all need to decide on the path we choose, Grip or Electric. I thought I wanted to be a Grip when I started this journey, but turns out 728 has become my chosen path.

How did you begin working in the industry? I had my childhood best friend go off to NYU TISCH for cinematography. I started off working on his projects and the rest is history. @cale_evan

What advice would you give someone starting out in this industry? Try to make as many connections as you can in

the beginning. They will lay the foundation for

your future contacts and opportunities.

Camaraderie after hours is highly encouraged and

"thick skin" is a must. Don't forget to listen

to the "old timers".

P.S. If you aren't early, you are late!


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