Bulgarian filmmaker takes on EC to fulfill her dreams
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In her “Jaws” t-shirt, she sits at the round table, expressing her desire to influence the world around her through films that convey meaningful messages for the world to see.
Isabella Dorosieva, film major, 21, has lived in America for a year now after signing up for El Camino’s international program. Ever since she was a child, Dorosieva had a desire to go to America, and when it was time to apply for college she finally had her chance and got accepted to EC.
Not only did she have a desire to go to America, but, ever since she was young, she’s always had a passion for film as well.
“I’ve always been a creative kind of kid,” she said. “Ever since I was in kindergarten, I’d be doing something with art.”
Once she has all of her credits done, Dorosieva wants to transfer to California State Long Beach because of their film program.
“(She is) one of the most resourceful students I have met,” Laura Almo, film professor, said.
Through all of her hard work, she gives credit to her dad, explaining that her dad is her biggest motivation. Her family also supported her decision to travel to America, although they were skeptical of her journey.
“For me, I’ve always viewed any work that I do — and I got this from my dad — that if you do something, you need to be able to put yourself in a position (and) you work with (it).”
Dorosieva has also acted, directed and loves to write. She doesn’t act anymore, but has acted and directed in high school and still has an admiration for it.
When asked which she would choose between acting, directing or writing, Dorosieva said it was a tough question be knows it’s a decision she’ll have to make at some point.
“Writing has just so much more power,” Dorosieva said. “Because a book is just so much more powerful than a movie.”
In her films, she aims for meaningful messages for people to be aware of what she’s trying to portray.
“I also wanted to have a hidden message,” Dorosieva said. “A movie about drugs, people recovering from that and suicides.”
“Something with a deeper meaning and brings awareness,” she added.
Something that Dorosieva had worked on before traveling to visit her family in Bulgaria was a documentary on traveling from one country to another and the experience of it all.
“Just to kind of be a guide for what people can expect when they come to the States,” Dorosieva said about her documentary.
“When it comes to working on things with (Dorosieva), I’m pretty sure she can bring out the best in just about anyone with her personality,” Laurence Kelly, film major, 21, one of her classmates, said.
“I like to help people in any way that I can,” she says. Dorosieva had helped out an orphanage in Bulgaria where she would go and play with the kids and give them toys.
When she’s not behind the camera, Dorosieva does as much as she can to give back to the community she loves.
After coming to the States, Dorosieva was part of El Camino’s “Adopt-A-Child” for Christmas last year. Out of a list of children she had to choose from, she chose a child who asked for a tricycle.
She was touched by the child’s request, because she also grew up owning a tricycle she loved.
Dorosieva is also helping out the White Point Natural Preserve in San Pedro, where she will be helping the Preserve out by filming and advertising for their website to encourage more volunteers to help out in the city.
For now, however, Dorosieva is working on editing a project in class and enjoying life as a young adult. She has never been a fan of fame or being recognized so highly.
She wants to have have enough influence to where she can push the charities and what she believes in forward, she added.
“For me, I don’t care if my projects are seen by three people or three million people. If they play in one theater or in 33 countries,” she said.