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Ruben Valdez

Ruben Valdez

VANCE BYRD MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 2021

Ruben is currently studying Art at California State University, Northridge with the dream of working in Animation one day. Ruben was recommended for the BAFTA internship in 2021 by his film teacher at George Washington Preparatory High School for his creative ability and character impersonations. Ruben also hopes to be a voiceover artist and is inspired by Optimus Prime in The Transformers: The Movie (1986).

Ruben is being mentored by Animator Clarisse Chua

College: California State University, Northridge

High School: George Washington Preparatory High School

Favorite Film: The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

Favorite place in Los Angeles: The beach

Best Burgers in Los Angeles:  The Apple Pan

Ruben's theme song of 2020:  Wouldn’t it be nice – Beach Boys