Faces of Pace: Meet Natalie Slusher!

Natalie Slusher is a senior communications major with a minor in public relations from Buena Park, California. She loves soaking up the sun and chilling on the shores. She’s an Aries and has two dogs a beagle, Lilly, and a terrier, Henry. She dreams of traveling to see the entire world.

Her Campus: What are you going to miss most about Pace?

NS: I think mostly the people. The community I’ve created for myself and the people that surround me.

HC: What internship are you partaking in this semester?

NS: I work with Rob Decina’s Casting Company. He is a Pace University professor who is a casting director. He’s in the process of casting for the pilot seasons for the CW Network.

HC: What do you do in your intern position?

NS: I help check actors in for their auditions. I watch their audition tapes and put them in order. He said that we should be able to sit in on the auditions soon.

HC: Have you ever been starstruck by anyone?

NS: No because its TV. I have gotten more of a view from the struggling actor perspective, rather than seeing people I would be starstruck by.

HC: What is the coolest aspect about your internship?

NS: The coolest part about it is that I’m working with a Pace University professor and I had no idea how successful this man was. He’s an emmy nominated casting director. Last semester he was just my professor on Monday nights, he’s very successful with his job and I had absolutely no idea, so it’s cool to see the difference in professors compared to their actual careers. Most professors at Pace, especially in MCVA department have other jobs or have worked in the field. It’s cool to actually experience what they have been doing their whole life.

HC: What is your proudest accomplishment?

NS: My proudest accomplish will be graduating. I think I’ve accomplished a lot, more than I ever thought I would at a university. I have had a total of 7 positions within my sorority, Alpha Lambda Sigma. I’ve taken 18 credits while doing an internship in the city for two semesters now. That's something I really would not have expected from myself as a prospective freshmen looking at schools.

HC: What are your future plans?

NS: I’m moving home since I’m from California. I want to be around my family more. Career wise, I’ve networked a lot around here to help myself find a job on the west coast even though I know so many people on the east coast now. The people I have met and the networking I’ve gotten through Pace has helped me envision myself in the industry I want to be in.

HC: If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

NS: Well I have a top 3, which would be Mexico, Ireland and Australia. I’m half Mexican, and I’ve never been to Mexico. I feel very strongly about my culture. I think it’s beautiful. I would even love to go for a weekend during the Day of the Dead to see how much culture the Mexicans have there. Secondly would be Ireland because I’m also half white. Part of that white is Irish. I feel like I connect with being Irish the most out of the rest of them. I love the culture, the hills and the rain as I grew up in Seattle and it’s very similar. Then Australia, my dad's best friend lives in Australia with his family. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. I’m obsessed with the ocean and what's in the ocean. I want to see the great barrier reef.

HC: Who is your favorite artist or band?

NS: My number one hands down is Pink Floyd because there is no other band that has created an art piece that's literally one song throughout the whole album. If you listen to one song and stop it sounds like its cut off since you didn’t listen to the whole album. It’s not like you can listen to just one song. If I come across a different artist like that I would be interested in them because I haven’t seen or heard another album that you have to play through like that. My favorite album would be Darkside of the Moon, but my favorite song is Fearless.

HC: What has been an obstacle you have had to overcome while coming to college?

NS: Obstacle would be being away from my family and becoming completely independent. I don't have the luxury of going home on the weekends because I live in California. Sometimes that's hard when I see other people go home, but I try and go home once each semester. Also I don't have my parents giving me leftovers or sending me back to school with lots of toilet paper. I do everything myself.

HC: What is one thing you can’t live without?

NS: I can't live without "me time". If I don't have me time I go absolutely crazy. Whether that means watching a movie or going to the city alone because I want to go to something and no one else wants to, it gives me peace of mind. I love me time.

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