Hi, my name is Milan Hargrove. I’m a 15 year old freshman at St. Martin de Porres High School. I was born and raised in Cleveland. I’m a cheerleader at St. Martin. I have been cheering since the age of 11. At the age of 6, I always loved watching movies and concerts, and watching the behind the scenes on how the set and scenes were made, which was pretty fascinating to me.
Once I became older, I began to be in the performing arts. At the age of 11, I was in a play about Mary having Baby Jesus; in the play I played Mary, where I had a solo. At the age of 13, I was in the play Peter Pan were I played Wendy, which was pretty cool. At the age of 14, I sang one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite plays Les Miserables, “I Dreamed a Dream”.
Coming to St. Martin, I didn’t really know anyone there, so it was already a big step to becoming a student intern at a place where I didn’t know anyone either; I was happy when they gave me a job that works with the arts. I am pretty excited to be a part of the of a real film commission where I might get to meet actors and directors of real movies. I hope me being at Cleveland Film helps me succeed in my dream to be in the performing arts. I also want from this experience to be able to work in the performing arts when I get older. Being at the Film Commission I am learning important things about the business world and film.
One of the core pillars of GCFC’s mission is workforce development. We work with local educators to help students who have a desire to enter a career in media production gain exposure to the industry. Throughout the year, several opportunities are available to students interested in the media production industry to come work with us and learn not only about the industry, but also about non-profit organizations and day-to-day office life. We also host students for limited time shadowing and senior projects, which can last anywhere from one day to one week.