Ace Garcia: Directing his own life

For 16-year-old Azaria “Ace” Garcia, the camera is his ticket to places as far as California.

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For 16-year-old Azaria “Ace” Garcia, the camera is his way in. 

It’s his permission to slip into someone’s life to tell a bit of their story. It’s his certificate to be seen as a professional. And he hopes that, someday, it’s his ticket to places as far as California. 

It started two ago when someone asked Ace if he wanted to take photos and shoot video for The Weary Arts Group’s performance of “The Wiz.” The images would help tell the story to those who couldn’t be at the show or for performers who wanted to perfect the act. 

“The best part was that I didn’t have to be in front of the camera,” Ace says, his shy smile a hint of the confidence that is unearthed when he’s behind the scenes.

Being behind the camera not only makes me the director of the show, it makes me the director of my life.

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Ace Garcia

Acting in “The Wiz” was a place where Ace could get away from bullying he experienced elsewhere. It turned into an opportunity to not only express himself but to develop a business. 

The Achievement House Cyber Charter School student has shot video for Tutoni’s #MakeitMonday series. He’s worked on promotional productions for 3 Monkeys Inflatables in Red Lion. He even helps direct the “Knowledge is Power” talk show on White Rose Community Television. 

“The director provides the support that everyone else needs for the show,” Ace says. “Being behind the camera not only makes me the director of the show, it makes me the director of my life.”

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