DATA Alumni > Where are you now? 

Zane DeGaine 

Co-owner/Lead Artist

DeGaine Designs

@DegaineDesigns

DATA 2004

  • College: The Kubert School

  • Most memorable moment: Producing a short film about the prohibition era.

  • How did DATA help you get there? DATA exposed me to more than just my initial interest in illustration. From video production, to graphic design, to illustration and photography, I have been able to use every aspect of what I learned in DATA every day of my career.

Kimberlyn Gonzalez

Photographer/Retoucher

kimberlyngonzalez.com

@kimberlyngonzalez_

DATA 2012

  • College: Santa Monica City College

  • Most memorable moment: Winning Bronze in Photography at SkillsUSA California.

  • How did DATA help you get there? DATA gave me the tools and resources to excel in my career. People are surprised when I tell them I've used Photoshop since the age of fourteen. I've since become a professional retoucher and I get to work with big clients like Nike. DATA gave me a head start towards my profession.

DATA 2009

  • Most memorable moment: Creative freedom and hanging with my friends.

  • How did DATA help you get there? I produce all creative content for the business. I use Lightroom, Illustrator and Premiere Pro almost everyday.

Jose Reyes

Graphic Designer

imjosereyes.com

@imjosereyes

DATA 2014

  • College: Full Sail University

  • Most memorable moment: SkillsUSA State trips to San Diego.

  • How did DATA help you get there? DATA helped me learn the basics of using Photoshop, which led to a passion for graphic design. Without DATA, I would have never gotten a chance to learn Photoshop and torrented to make logos for my friends.

David Vo 

Civil Engineer / Streamer

City of Los Angels

@Davidvo22_

DATA 2015

  • College: CSU Los Angeles

  • Most memorable moment: SkillsUSA San Diego trips and creating videos with friends.

  • How did DATA help you get there? DATA prepared me to be a well-rounded individual and to think creatively.

Nailah Johnson 

IT/Software Designer / Photographer

nailahjohnsonphotography

@photo_on_loc

DATA 2009

  • College: Texas Southern University

  • Most memorable moment: Winning the short film contest for sexual awareness.

  • How did DATA help you get there? DATA gave me an insight on Graphic design, film making, and overall how to find my eye.

Khoa Nguyen 

Physician / Traveler

Kaiser Permanente

@khoa_

DATA 2007

  • College: UC Riverside School of Medicine

  • Most memorable moment: Taking pictures with a 2 megapixel, floppy disk camera.

  • How did DATA help you get there? DATA cemented the importance of thinking creatively both artistically and clinically.

Danilo Hernandez

Event Photographer

dhcinephoto.com

@dhcinephoto

DATA 2007

  • College: The Art Institute, Los Angeles

  • Most memorable moment: Having the chance to go around town and interview different people to create great digital news content.

  • How did DATA help you get there? By teaching me the fundamentals of video production and photography. Learning how to tell a story by using great lighting, camera work and good composition really helped me perfect my skills later on in my career.

Donielle Gerrell 

Film Teacher

Palm Springs High School

YouTube

DATA 2015

  • College: CSU San Bernardino / Western Governors University

  • Most memorable moment: Traveling to SkillsUSA Nationals and Kentucky as a student rep. for Ford Next Generation Learning. I also gained many life-long friends from professional skills networking events.

  • How did DATA help you get there? If it wasn’t for DATA, I wouldn’t have discovered my passion for the media arts. 

Andrew Juarez

Software Engineer

Arorae Corporation

@juareza94

DATA 2012

  • College: San Diego State University

  • Most memorable moment: Traveling to San Diego for SkillsUSA state competitions, which influenced me to  move there for college and life after.

  • How did DATA help you get there? DATA not only allowed me to embrace my creative side, but to also try out new technologies and get a better understanding of the learning process that comes with that.

Angela Rodarte

Freelance Production Manager

Remote Coordinator

@AngelaNicoleRodarte

DATA 2006

  • College: CSU Long Beach

  • Most memorable moment: I was encouraged to embrace creativity and to maintain structure. I think that balance is so important to take into the your profession when working with media.

  • How did DATA help you get there? I was already comfortable with the foundations of camera and video equipment which gave me a grounded confidence walking into the commercial production world.

Arin Wall

Publicist/Artist Manager

Beats by Dr. Dre

Linked In

DATA 2011

  • College: CSU Northridge

  • Most memorable moment: College field trip to CSUN.

  • How did DATA help you get there? Learning how to talk to people and ask questions, learning about all the possible jobs that are out there and jobs you can create for yourself .

Jose Murillo
Family Specialist/Graphic Designer 
LifeBetter.org
JMcreativedesigns

DATA 2010

  • College: College of the Desert

  • Most memorable moment: Being able to collaborate with those in the field or partaking in contests to get more experience.

  • How did DATA help you get there? Honestly, I was able to use art to express mental health and use graphic design to make appealing flyers to get the attention of clients.

Christian Ramirez
Senior Designer
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
ChristianRamirez.co

DATA 2011

  • College: California Baptist University

  • Most memorable moment: Our field trip to CSU Fullerton.

  • How did DATA help you get there? Introduced me to the world of graphic design and digital art.