By Amanda Galindo
Recently being hired to East Los Angeles College, Ernest Burnett works hard with administration to bring revenue to ELAC.
Burnett serves as a college event and venue coordinator for the school and his position helps bring in revenue by bringing events to the campus such as film and television productions and holding corporate events. Not wanting to become a struggling writer, he decided to move to Los Angeles where he took the first job he was offered, working from the bottom up and eventually becoming a story analyst.
Burnett worked for Disney and Warner Bros, among other companies, as a story analyst and pre-production crew on more than 25 movies. These include “Heat,” “L.A. Confidential,” “Empire Records”, “A Time to Kill,” “Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” and “The Santa Clause” 1 and 2.
With his degree in journalism and marketing/advertising from the University of Texas, El Paso and his vast experience, Burnett brings connections to ELAC. His position helps bring revenue to the school by bringing events to the campus, such as film and television productions and corporate events.
Through his networking and work skills, he has become a strong part of the team in charge of bringing in extra revenue. “I help organize the events that take place on campus but the thrust of my job lately with the budget crisis is to bring revenue to the school,” Burnett said.
Burnett works under the direction of Tom Furukawa, vice president of administrative services, and along with Susan Okawa and Alison Mah, works on bringing more money to ELAC to help fill in budget gaps. “We are a school first , so we turn away as much work as we take in. If someone wants to shoot on a Wednesday in a classroom, we can’t do it. We are never going to cancel a class but we might ask the class to move only if it is worth it,” said Burnett.
Burnett said that he would like to work with students and would like to bring student production assistants into the productions going on campus. He wants the students to have as much real world experience as they make their way through college as they can. He looks toward a future of being able to revitalize the G3 auditorium, in hopes of bringing professional theater back to the campus and community.
Burnett wants to bring in comedians, performers and musicians. The auditorium is outdated and lacks some equipment and upgrades to present-day technology. Burnett would like to raise some funds to revive it. “I take a lot of pride in what I do” Burnett said.