My name is Julian Osorio. I am a scenic artist, sculptor, prop maker, and proud member of IATSE USA 829 and IATSE Local 481 for four years.
My journey in the film industry began when I was first presented with the opportunity to join Local 481 as a prop maker, just when I was going through the toughest time in my life. I had been unemployed for over a year, struggling to find a job, and recovering from a house fire that left my mother and me homeless, penniless, and literally empty-handed. All my paintings, dreams, and expectations to succeed and have a decent living in this country were burned to the ground on Christmas Eve.
But everything changed when I started working on my first motion picture production in 2012 in Salem, MA. I started as a carpenter, although I was a bit unexperienced then! I received great support from all my fellow brothers and sisters from Local 481. Meanwhile, I was introduced to members of USA 829, who encouraged me to join them and become a scenic artist. I realized then that I could still have a future ahead of me, and a great career doing what I love the most — something that will definitively make me proud and make my family and friends proud of me as well!
Since then, I have pursued and accomplished my dream of being part of a movie-making process. As a result, I have worked as a scenic artist in numerous films throughout the state, receiving the benefits of the film tax incentives, and contributing with my hard work by paying taxes to the state of Massachusetts. Additionally, I spend money while employed by a production company — paying tolls, purchasing fuel at gas stations, staying at hotels, eating in local restaurants and coffee shops, and shopping at convenient stores, paint suppliers, and arts and crafts stores.
The opportunity to work in the film industry has changed my life dramatically in a positive way. Every time I receive an envelope with my paycheck in it, I can’t help it but think how fortunate and blessed I am for being part of this great industry and also for being well paid as a scenic artist (and it isn’t easy to get paid well when you are an artist). Furthermore, all the benefits paid by a production company on my behalf — including health insurance, pension, annuity, and 401K — are also invested in the state of Massachusetts. Without the film tax incentives, none of that would be possible, and I wouldn’t be able to support my family and myself.
I see Massachusetts as my home, and the place where all my dreams are coming true — the state that offers me the unthinkable! Working in Hollywood without going to Hollywood. SAVE THE MA FILM JOBS.