Students: Keri Picolla

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Keri Picolla

Born in Berkeley and raised in Moraga, California, Keri considers herself a born-again Angeleno, having lived in Los Angeles for thirteen years. Make-up artistry originally brought Keri to Southern California where she received her journeyman certification from Make-Up Designory in Burbank for Special Make-up Effects and Creature Design in 2001. Working professionally for years as a make-up artist in film, television, music videos and commercials lead her to writing and directing her own work. In 2006, she co-wrote and co-directed the short film The Lifestyle, which garnered several awards along the film festival circuit. Her next film That Which is Within, an adaptation of Paulo Coehlo’s novel “The Witch of Portobello”, was a finalist in the international film competition hosted by the author. Inspired to continue her film studies, Keri ended up back in the university setting at the age of thirty. She graduated last year with a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema and Television Studies with an emphasis in screenwriting from California State University in Northridge. The pursuit of a Master’s Degree was always one of those bucket-list, achieve that someday dreams. Keri is thrilled that someday is today and looks forward to growing and evolving as a writer. In her free-time, Keri loves to dance and can be seen any given evening at her hula/tahitian studio in the valley or at the Sweat Spot in Silverlake. She also loves cold-pressed juices, hiking, live music, road trips, photography and her dog Milo.