Alumni Spotlight: John Paul Fukumae
Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM PST
“If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.” - Marc Anthony
John Paul Fukumae is a 2011 Seattle University grad who loves what he does for a living-and we really can’t blame him. John works for NBC Universal doing publicity for the Home Entertainment Department. His projects include promotional campaigns for such releases as “Despicable Me 2” and “Fast & Furious 6.”
“A big part of publicity is building awareness for the consumers and getting national coverage for our Blu-rays. Publicity allows me to be a part of many different creative elements such as having unique press day experiences, building partnerships with top-level brands and working with talent from the movies in support of the DVD release,” John said.
One of John’s favorite memories, was when he got to meet Tom Cruise. “He threw a thank you luncheon for the people working on Oblivion and when I introduced myself and shook his hand he ‘personally’ thanked me for my work on the campaign. Not bad for one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood,” John shared.
But how did John end up in what one might describe as a dream job? A large part is in thanks to Seattle University.
“To put it simply, I wouldn't have made it out to LA doing what I love if it wasn't for Seattle University.” When John started college he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. But after attending career counseling, pre-major workshops and sessions, he was able to find his passion. And with the direction of one professor in particular, he was able to turn that passion into a career.
“Professor James Forsher paved the path for me in entertainment and set up so many opportunities for me to succeed. By shadowing him as he produced TV shows and helping out with documentaries, I was able to learn these skills on my own and figure out what it takes to be successful in this industry.”
John has channeled his passion into a side project entitled 'The Always Summer Project,' a YouTube Channel dedicated to educating and inspiring people to chase after their own goals with passion and creativity, as told by those who turned their dreams into reality and are doing what they love for a living.
As someone who has found a success doing what he loves, John has this advice for alumni just entering the job market.
“Love what you do and show your passion. You'll be working for basically the rest of your life so choose a career path that's gratifying, satisfying and brings purpose to your life. I've equally met a lot of unhappy and happy people so make sure you're the latter. Work hard, start early and build your network as soon as you can.”
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