University of St. La Salle

#PassionWednesday with Kately Joyce Sayson

This #PassionWednesday, we put a spotlight on the passion for filmmaking and storytelling with AB Communications student Kately Joyce Sayson!

Filmmaking, where every frame tells a story and every director seeks to leave an indelible mark, emerges a rising star, Kately, a third-year student with a fervent passion for storytelling. Last year, Ketely had the esteemed privilege of directing a film for the prestigious Sine Negrense Film Festival.

Her creation, “Alas Dose Y Medya'' isn't just a film; it's a heartfelt narrative that draws from Kately's personal experiences and the rich history of Negrense culture. Inspired by the annual celebration of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Barangay Granada, Kately weaves a tale of struggle and resilience, inviting audiences to delve deep into the human experience.

Kately's journey into the world of filmmaking wasn't paved with certainty. As she reminisces about her college beginnings, she admits to having zero knowledge of film production. Yet, fueled by her passion for storytelling, she took the leap into the unknown. Joining the La Salle Film Society marked a turning point, where she found not only mentors but a family that nurtured her budding talent.

Beyond the realm of filmmaking, Kately finds solace in sports and nature, balancing the demands of her craft with moments of personal reflection and recreation. However, the path she treads isn't without its challenges. Despite her unwavering determination, the separation from family weighs heavily on her heart, especially during weekends meant for shared moments of respite.

When asked about her advice to aspiring creatives, Kately's wisdom shines through. With humility and perseverance as her guiding lights, she encourages her peers to embrace the journey, savor each stumble, and triumph as stepping stones toward artistic growth. For Kately, the essence of art lies not only in the final masterpiece but also in the relentless pursuit of excellence, fueled by an unwavering commitment to one's passion.

The sacrifices demanded by her chosen path often weigh heavily on her heart, particularly the bittersweet moments of leaving home for work, knowing that precious time with loved ones slips away with each passing project. However, anchored by her mother's unwavering support and her own indomitable spirit, Kately remains steadfast in her pursuit of artistic excellence.

As the curtain draws on the first of many acts, Kately offers sage advice to her peers: “You are only as good as your last project.” These are the words she imparts as she encourages creatives to embrace the journey, embrace the process, and embrace the inevitable stumbles. It is through these moments of hardships that one truly grows as an artist, emerging stronger, wiser, and infinitely more resilient. With each frame captured and each story told Kately's cinematic odyssey serves as a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and the enduring spirit of the human experience.

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