Creative Passions End Up Being Reality for UNLV Alumnus

A true Renaissance male, Pj Perez always is dealing with a job, or more– or a dozen. Perez, ’07 BA Sociology and Bachelor’s Degree Journalism and Media Researches, has turned his many passions into a living while seemingly constantly handling new business and bigger difficulties.

His list of job titles is prolonged and extensive. It includes work in public relations, web comics, web development, and style, together with ending up being publisher of his own printing company.

” I think part of that comes from growing up in Vegas,” he stated of his numerous enthusiasms. “There’s nobody to inform you ‘No, you can’t do something.'”

Now, as web and material manager for the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel, he extends his innovative muscles running online publications including the popular hotel’s 52 Stories blog site.

However his work does not end with his day job.

In recent months, he started shooting a documentary, continued his operate in comics, and revised a number of television scripts he’s composed in an effort to pitch them to representatives, all in his leisure time. He’ll be a featured guest at the 2018 Vegas Valley Comics Festival on Nov. 3 at the Clark County Library.

Express Yourself

” You need to offer yourself. You need to provide for the people you take care of,” he said. “Everyone has parts of their job that suck. However at the end of the day, do you have the liberty to reveal yourself in some method?”

Perez’s uncommon background prepared him well for a chaotic and driven life as an adult, turning his fixations into professions.

He first got a reputation as a young columnist for the now-defunct magazine Las Vegas CityLife before he ‘d even registered at UNLV in his mid-20s.

As a trainee, he attended school full time while also working full-time, playing in a band, and stabilizing all of those activities with his freelance journalism. He became editor of the school newspaper, now referred to as the Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and prior to graduating, he ‘d worked as a senior material designer for Vegas.com and the founding handling editor of Racket, a way of life magazine.

Through his degree programs, he further established abilities he ‘d discovered outside of the classroom: creating publications, composing, and making art.

And he was always looking for brand-new opportunities, which offers a lesson for present trainees.

Valuable Takeaway

” College isn’t almost taking classes and finding out abilities. It has to do with developing a community and being exposed to other people you otherwise wouldn’t be. That was my takeaway,” he said. “Hopefully, if you’re doing it right, you acquire a gratitude and after that understanding of the world in such a way that you didn’t have.”


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