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Babacar Diene, C’04

VP of Acquisitions and Development, Voltage Pictures

Los Angeles, CA

International Relations Major

I was born in New York and grew up in Paris. My father worked at the United Nations. It was in the human rights commission. I always thought I was going to follow in his footsteps. Ultimately my passion was about movies, TV, music, music videos and all that stuff.

It’s very hard to get started in the business. I ask myself sometimes how the hell I got through it because it was really hard.

I had no idea that I was going to end up working in movies when I was a freshman. I didn’t realize there was actually a place where my passion would be something I could do every day. That I didn’t know. And it’s not until somebody told me it was possible then it opened the world up, and I was like, okay, I need to move even more west to follow my dreams. It wasn’t easy. It’s very hard to get started in the business. I ask myself sometimes how the hell I got through it because it was really hard.

I was broke. I was in the mail room making no money and I didn’t have a car. I had to wear a suit every day and take the bus at 6 in the morning and home at night and it was pretty damn hard when you don’t even know the city. But it was what I wanted to do and I was finally surrounded by people who were doing it. It was exciting and you do it at an age where mentally, you’re still like, “oh the world is my oyster.” It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. — May 8, 2018 • Photo by Loraine Terrell

 

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