Yes, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and actually went to high school, college, & film school here. I was hired in Feb. 2012, and even though starting out was a bit nerve racking–it was exciting because I was actually teaching people how we film scenes for TV shows and film.
Q: Do you have a favorite place where one of those scenes filmed?
I am a huge fan of the James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, and their gangster movies. Every time I walk down what we call Hennessy street it hits home. I grew up watching all of these classic films with my Grandfather, and I grew up wanting to be apart of movie magic. I love being on set and being a part of something big like filming a movie. I consider it being a privilege to walk where the greats like Cagney & Bogart have walked!
Q: While your walking around the backlots–have you seen something completely transformed that stands out in your mind?
The most impressive transformation that I have seen would have to be the “World of War Craft” commercial which was being shot on Embassy Court. They turned the entire set in to a post apocalyptic war zone. It was truly incredible to witness that transformation. When the commercial came out I was eager to show my friends & family, but after 2 years of me pointing out our backlot–they were not as enthusiastic and a bit desensitized. Simply because our studio lot seems to be everywhere, but tour guides always are eager to point every. single. scene.
There are so many stories that it’s almost impossible to choose, but there’s one unforgettable moment. I share with my guests the time that I had to stop my tour because I was interrupted by a giraffe coming out of sound stage 29. This is not a joke. As I was walking the front lot with my guests, I had to stop my tour to make way for a giraffe that was being used for “Hangover 3.” At the time though I had absolutely no idea why there was a live giraffe in that stage–or at the studio for that matter. When I saw the “Hangover 3″ trailer for the first time I remember specifically sitting on my couch at home and letting out a scream because I recognized that giraffe. I feel like we’re friends. I miss that little guy!
Q: Besides spotting a famous giraffe–have you met any familiar faces while working here as a VIP Tour Guide?
There is never a dull moment at work I assure you. I see familiar faces almost everyday! The one that stands out the most has to be the moment I saw Clint Eastwood drive on to the studio while I was on tour. I literally stood frozen and was incapable of speaking I was so shocked. I grew up watching his movies, and I consider him to be the greatest actor/director of our time. It’s a moment that I will treasure for the rest of my life!
My life-long dream would be to direct movies. Ever since I was a little kid and I saw my first movie ever which was “Batman Returns.” I remember telling everyone this is exactly what I want to do. I want to make movies. To be able to put one persons vision on the silver screen, which can touch, change, and impact lives around the world–I cannot imagine a better feeling than that!
Q: Why do you feel this tour is a must see if people are visiting Hollywood?
It really gives you an insight to the creative world of film and T.V. Everything from pre-production to post-production is seen in a fun and interactive way! When you take the Warner Bros. VIP Tour you will realize how much hard work and creativity goes into the creation of a scene from some of your favorite films and shows. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who ever wondered how movies are made. We will be more than happy to show you around the neighborhood!