LCC alumnus earns Emmy award
By Chloe Gregg
Through dedication and hard work, even the wildest of dreams can be possible. Cuban-Venezuelan emigrant Hansel Valdés Castillo knows this firsthand.
Recently, Castillo, an LCC alumnus, was presented with an Emmy award for his work on “Juntos Podemos” with Telemundo. This award comes from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the Promotion-Program-Single-Spot category.
“As we all know, 2020 was a challenging year,” Castillo explained. “The COVID-19 pandemic presented us with a different reality. When the pandemic started, we all wondered if we could overcome it. Led by our creative director, we began to work on the Juntos Podemos (We can together) campaign.
“This spot is a message to appreciate the people who have been fighting and taking risks for the country to continue to function and move forward. The Juntos Podemos spot reminds us that we can only get out of this pandemic with each other’s support and commitment. And after the pandemic, we will be united again and strongest.”
Castillo came to Lansing to be with his family and enter the United States’ job market. Although he had experience as a video producer, Castillo decided to enter the DMAC program at LCC in 2016 to improve his skills.
He graduated in May 2018 and applied for a commercial producer position at Telemundo Fort Myers-Naples, the NBC Universal company at which he currently still works.
“I have worked in television, film and video production in Cuba, Spain, Venezuela and now in the United States,” Castillo said. “I have had the opportunity to work in international channels and recognized video production houses in several countries.
“After all my experience, I can say with certainty that Lansing Community College has an incredible Digital Media, Audio, and Cinema program, and the best facilities and equipment for its students to learn.”
He offered praise for his LCC instructors.
“I would personally like to acknowledge professors Jeffrey Hamlin, Rob Edwards, Bonnie Baragrey and Ike Lea,” Castillo said. “The DMAC program helped me update a lot of technical knowledge, spur my creativity, and broaden my vision as a content creator.”
Castillo left an impressionable mark with these professors, especially DMAC professor Jeffrey Hamlin, who said he knew Castillo was destined to make strides in his field of work.
“Hansel was one of those students that every instructor dreams about,” Hamlin said in an LCC press release. “He was a hard worker, always prepared, and made the classroom a better place. He was like a big brother to everyone and was always willing to help those in need. He had an insatiable quest for knowledge. He always wanted to know more.”