Jana Acevedo, Seamstress
To say Jana is just a seamstress seems like such an understatement.
I went to high school and college with Jana. I watched her go from acting and creating costumes in our small town to working for some of the biggest T.V. shows and films we have today. She is truly an inspiration and proof that you can absolutely make a living as an artist.
So, without further ado, here is our interview about what Jana does for a living and how she got to where she is today:
1. What is your current job/position?
I work as a seamstress. I’m a part of the IATSE 479 union. I am currently working on Zombieland 2.
2. What films/shows have you worked on?
Too many to name! Some of the more recent ones would be Stranger Things season 3, The Haunting of Hill House, Black Panther, Ant Man and the Wasp, and a new HBO series about the Watchmen.
3. What’s your favorite thing about what you do?
I get to do something different everyday. Like the other day, I walked in and we needed to make Santa beards out of found objects. You just never know what’s going to happen.
4. What steps did you take to get to where you are today?
Well, I learned to sew in high school (shout out to Mrs. Hooper), then studied theatre in college. I worked in the costume shop my first semester for work study and just kind of started from there. After working for Lawton Community Theatre for a few years, I knew I wanted to do more, so I went to grad school to study production design with a focus on costuming. Luckily, Georgia is a hot spot for the film industry right now, so it was more of a right place right time that I transitioned into film.
5. What are your future dreams/goals?
Work with Joss Whedon! Make cool stuff…I hope to eventually design costumes for film.
6. What are some things you don’t like about working in the film industry?
It’s a high stress environment. The hours are long and it can be exhausting, especially if the show has a longer run. Sometimes it feels like I don’t have a life outside work. Weeks can go by where I can’t get things done like grocery shopping…or laundry. There’s no calling in to work. You also deal with lots of different personalities. Mostly good, but sometimes bad.
7. Best on the job moment?
Hmmmm….that’s a hard one. We get to make cool stuff so I guess when I see the finished piece on camera. Oh, and when I was on set for Spiderman Homecoming one morning, I was walking and this guy smiled and said good morning. I responded and walked on. Then realized it was Michael Keaton. Trying on Thanos’ gauntlet and one of Loki’s helmets from The Avengers prop department was fun, too.
8. Any advice you have for anyone wanting to pursue a career in film?
It’s a hard industry to work in. I’ve heard a couple of people describe it as carnie life…always picking up and packing up, moving onto the next one. It can be exciting and fun and difficult and exhausting. But if you decide to do it, I recommend starting as a PA, learning all of the departments, writing every task you’re given down…networking, because that’s how you get your next gig.
9. Anything else you would like to add?
Lol. Well, I’m just a small town girl who decided to move across the country, away from everyone and everything thing I knew, and ended up with my name in the credits. So I say take a chance. You never know what can happen.