Take One Vocational Media Training & Internship

Empowering Our Next Generation of FilmmakersStorytellersDigital CreatorsArtistsCinematographersFilm EditorsJournalists

​The Take One Vocational Media Training & Internship Program was created to inspire and foster the next generation of filmmakers and media creators in the underserved community.

​Take One is a bi-annual, hands-on vocational media training and internship  program provided free of charge for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth participants ages 18-25 residing in Southern California.  This program is also inclusive to non-Asian youths from other under-served communities who wish to learn about the AAPI culture and/or pursue careers in the media industry.

​One of ACMA’s core objectives is to provide educational opportunities and mentorship programs that inspire our future generations of filmmakers, producers, writers, directors and media technicians. To provide such resources, ACMA founded Take One in 2016, where over 150 participants have graduated. You can meet all of our Take One Alumni here.

By providing youth creators from under-served communities an opportunity to learn hands-on television and film production vocational skills as well as leadership, teamwork and self-development skills, we believe TAKE ONE can also foster a better sense of pride and self-identity within the communities they serve. We also encourage our youth to create original ideas and projects based on their own perspectives and experiences that can even possibly help to inspire and shape the perspectives of others that can also affect the futures of their communities. You can view previous Take One Projects and short films on our YouTube Channel.

Applications for the Fall 2021 Program are now open. Please review all TAKE ONE information on this page before proceeding with your application.

Have a question about your eligibility, our program offerings, or just want to know more about Take One?

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Our program provides Take One Interns the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the latest tools, techniques, and best business practices used in film production.


Take One Interns are allowed creative exploration as they develop unique stories and perspectives to represent the diversity of our growing world.


Under the guidance of our board of industry professionals and changemakers, students are encouraged to challenge stigmas of fear and ignorance in their communities and industry.

​Take One is a 12-week, in-depth curriculum divided into 3 stages or knowledge blocks focused on i) Story Development & Screen Writing ii) Production Tools & Principles and iii) Producing & Directing.

Each stage is 4 weeks long, providing students the opportunity to develop and apply their knowledge and newfound skills onto ACMA’s media projects such as Asian Voices TV and Radio as well as their own films. With exploratory assignments, the Take One Program allows its students to build and strengthen their portfolios and prepare to break into the industry – no matter their level of skill.

After completing Stages 1-3, four Take One Graduates will be selected for the 6-month ACMA’s Media Fellowship program, where they will have the opportunity to write and produce their own short films, funded and supported by ACMA, as well as have exclusive access to mentorship and networking opportunities with industry professionals.

Aspiring Screenwriters will be mentored over the remaining 8 weeks to complete writing their scripts. At the end of the 12-week period, they will also have the opportunity to pitch their story for the chance to be produced during the ACMA’s Media Fellowship program.

Curriculum Snapshot
Stage 1 – Story Development & Scriptwriting (Mandatory for Aspiring Screenwriters, Producers & Directors)
  • Narrative, documentary, and creative styles of film & media
  • Developing ideas and storylines for television & film
  • If the student wants to focuse on screenwriting ONLY, they will continue developing their scripts through 1-1 mentorship over the course of 8 weeks (skip Stages 2 and 3)
Stage 2 – Production Tools & Principles (Mandatory for Aspiring Producers & Directors)
  • Pre-production
  • Lighting, Grip, Cameras, Shooting
  • Post-production
  • Video Editing
Stage 3 – Producing & Directing (Mandatory for Aspiring Producers & Directors)
  • Producer Responsibilities
    • Pitch Decks
    • Budgeting & Capitol
    • Script Breakdown
  • Director Responsibilities
    • Storyboarding
    • Shot Lists
    • Blocking Scenes
    • Directing Talent
ACMA Media Fellowship & Short Film Production (Offered to Four Selected Take One Program Graduates)
  • Learn and experience
    • Stipend and Resources Provided to Produce Short Film
    • Distribution Determination
    • Marketing Model for the Project
    • Talent Casting, Location Scouting/Permitting
    • Exhibition
Take One Pathway Breakdown
Take One Program Pathways - 2021 v.1

We highly encourage any aspiring filmmakers, regardless of their skill and experience level, to apply for the Take One Program. Applications are now open for the Fall 2021 Program, CLICK HERE to view the application. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified about ACMA’s Take One Program and other Internship Opportunities: CLICK HERE to sign up for our newsletter.

Take One Instructors

Eric Michelson
Creative Director / Instructor

With over 20 years of tv/film and video production experience including producing, directing, writing and editing, Eric Michelson‘s experience includes corporate training programs, commercial spots, music videos, live fashion and music events to short films and documentaries.


Eric is the owner of Carma Media Productions and has co-produced 4 seasons of Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen including Top Chef Korean Food Challenge and Hansik Stories for tvK24, ArirangTV and PBS. Since 2014, Eric had co-produced, directed and edited 2 seasons of Asian Voices show. Since 2016, he has been instrumental in mentoring and providing hands-on vocational media workshop to API youths through Take One Youth Internship program.
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Cathlyn Choi
Supervisor / Instructor

Dubbed "Korean Food Ambassador" by the media, Cathlyn is a multi award winning TV show host and producer of the first Korean TV cooking show in English on PBS called “Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen" and Asian Voices, a cultural and educational television program featuring Asian and Pacific Islanders, community, art, culture and events in Southern California.

Cathlyn is the co-owner of CNA Digital Media Marketing Services, specializing in digital media marketing and TV/Film production. In addition to being the founder and board chair of Asian Culture and Media Alliance, Cathlyn serves on the board of Taylion High Desert Academy and is the President of Korean Women’s International Network, San Diego Chapter. In addition to 20 years of international business development and new media marketing background, Cathlyn has over 18 years of experience as a reporter, TV show host and MC in Korea, Brunei and US.
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Nathan Tafao
Assistant Instructor
Nathan Tafao is an America Samoan Videographer based out of San Diego. His venture into film accidentally started at home recording his eldest son Kavi making home videos and somehow led into landing his first job as the Videographer/editor for the El Camino High School football team. Soon he would start his own business and create what is now known as Bigghead Productions.
Over the past 10 years Nathan has grown his business by working with companies such as Island Block Radio, Aiga Foundation, AIM Ministries, Seven60 Athletes, Poly Atamai, IMUA and many more. He has since expanded his services and now specializes in wedding videography. He is most passionate about spending quality time with his wife Shannon and 3 kids Kavi, Keanu and Kobe.
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Kayleb Lee

Kayleb Lee is an independent American filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. He’s a USMC Combat Veteran and graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Los Angeles Film School. He’s produced six award-winning short films, including three he directed and edited.

Take One Mentorship Team

Sina Hajhassan
Career Coach

As Entertainment/Media Chair, then President of the Undergraduate Communication Society, Sina got to live his passion of leading a team and helping his peers get clarity in careers within the communications industry through our organization’s offerings. He also coached students and friends on professionalism, using LinkedIn, resume writing and job interviewing. 

Sina served as a Senior LinkedIn Champion and Director of Triton LinkedIn Group, a program that was only offered at eight college campuses in the nation. Working with his team, the Career Center at UC San Diego and actual LinkedIn employees, Sina got to further develop his knowledge and skills in career coaching.
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Son Nguyen
Senior Recruiter @ LinkedIn

Son is currently the Senior Lead Campus Business Recruiter at LinkedIn. He is responsible for hiring and coaching entry-level talent for 300+ business and technical roles in the SF Bay Area, Chicago, New York, and Dublin. Prior to joining the talent acquisition team at LinkedIn, he worked in recruiting for Target Headquarters as well as college admissions at Notre Dame, Columbia, and Michigan. 

He was born and raised in Bellingham, WA to Vietnamese refugees. Son is the first in his family to attend college and holds a BBA of management consulting from the University of Notre Dame along with an MS of strategic communications from Columbia University. He is passionate about his Fighting Irish, Seattle sports, and coffee.
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Elliott H. Jung
Trial Attorney

Elliott H. Jung grew up in Los Angeles where he watched his immigrant parents trying to survive in a completely different culture. He found his life’s calling when he attended law school at Southwestern Law School in downtown Los Angeles, and is currently a partner with Hepburn, Hernandez, & Jung.

He was first accepted to work at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Appellate Unit and was then chosen to work for the Honorable Mark E. Windham handling a variety of criminal matters that were assigned to him by the Judge. He has since then worked with the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew, Senior United States District Court Judge for the Central District of California and the Federal Public Defender’s Office. He was invited to teach as an adjunct professor at California Western Law School teaching the school’s main trial skills program and guided law students into becoming an effective advocate for their clients. Elliott also coached law students to compete in local and national trial competitions against other prestigious law schools.
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Shaina Ghuraya

Shaina is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Master of Fine Arts program in Film and Television production. She jokes that she is a triple threat (disabled, Punjabi, and a woman), and is a fierce activist for people with disabilities. Shaina has developed her style as a director - bold, unrelenting, and quirky - focused on making comedies that promote diversity and inclusion. ​

Shaina is also one of the founders of the production company Rebuilt Minds where the goal is to produce stories that embrace diversity and explore intersectionality.
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Kayleb Lee

Kayleb Lee is an independent American filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. He’s a USMC Combat Veteran and graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Los Angeles Film School. He’s produced six award-winning short films, including three he directed and edited.