Writer

Conversation with Jessica Lopez - June 25 @ 2:30PM PST

 

USC graduate, Jessica Lopez is a Mexican-American writer based in Los Angeles. As a child, Jessica dreamed of being one of Charlie’s Angels. Specifically, she wanted to be Farrah Fawcett, who in her eyes was a triple B: blonde, buxom, and beautiful. She remembers studying her every move for the entire hour-long episode. By the end of the show’s run, she had those hair-flippin’, booty-shakin’, karate chop moves down to a T. As she grew a little older, however, she realized that though she could pour a bottle of peroxide in her hair, get plastic surgery and pack on the make-up, but she was just never going to be Farrah!

This experience made Jessica realize that there were very few Latinos on TV that other Latinos could look up to and fueled her passion to become a writer to be able to write Latino roles for film and television.

Jessica was on a path, during High School she wrote and produced her schools plays and talent shows. Her dreams were slightly derailed becoming a mother at the age of 16, but she persevered and was the first to graduate high school in her family, and was accepted into the University of Southern California where she continued to hone her craft as a writer.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from USC, Jessica worked for six years at Lowrider Magazine. She was the only female staff writer. If there was ever a place to inspire a sitcom or a film, Lowrider was it. Eager to write the bigger story, Jessica adapted her magazine experiences into a comedy screenplay, Lo-Writing, which was selected by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers to be performed as a staged reading in Tucson, Arizona by the American Repertory Academy. She currently finished writing the comedy pilot based on this time of her life, titled My Low-Life.

Since then, Jessica has pitched her experiences as a young, single mom to be hired on mother/daughter comedies such as NBC’s “Kath & Kim” and FOX’s “I Hate My Teenage Daughter.” She has also written for MTV Tr3s’ “Rock Dinner” (which she also story produced), Nickelodeon’s “Dora and Friends: Into the City!” as well as Disney’s hit shows “That’s So Raven,” “Cory in the House,” “Jessie” and “Elena of Avalor.” Most recently she was an Executive Story Editor for Netlfix’s “SELENA: THE SERIES” and “THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE OF ASHLEY GARCIA.”

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