The “Growing Pains” Every Latino Experiences Throughout Life

We’re constantly experiencing growing pains as we go through different life stages. It’s a part of what makes us all human – we experience everything from heartbreak to joy to love to immense pain to growth. Although these are technically “growing pains” we totally wouldn’t trade these experiences in for anything. Growing up and going through these different things made us who we are today – and we’re proud of it. Each stage of our life and each “growing pain” change us and make us better.  

Sometimes it’s fun to reminisce and feel connected to others, knowing most of us went through similar things. Here are “growing pains” we all experienced at different stages in our lives. Trust us – this list is too real.

1. Having to be a translator at a very young age. 

Some of us grew up in a bilingual household. Our parents’ first language was Spanish, but we primarily spoke English at school and with friends. Many times, our parents leaned on us to help translate when it came to school events, paying bills, and other life events. Sure, it was annoying when we were little, but now as adults being bilingual is a big career asset.

2. Waking up early on the weekends to clean.

Who else shudders when they think about being woken up on Saturday mornings by the sound of the vacuum and cumbias blasting in the living room? It meant that we had to clean. And not just the daily chores we were responsible for. No. Weekends were for deep-scrubbing the bathroom, the kitchen, and everything in between. Again, since we’re now older, we totally see the value of deep-cleaning. In fact as adults, deep-cleaning can actually bring us a lot of joy. But when we were kids? Forget it. It was just the worst!

3. Being the first one in the family to attend and graduate college.

Being the very first one to not only attend but also graduate college was a big deal. We had a lot of pressure on our shoulders growing up, but it hit an all-time high in college. The weight of wanting to make our family proud while also having no idea what we wanted to do with our life could be so incredibly stressful. It was worth it though, to see the look on our parents’ faces when we walked across the stage and accepted our college degree.

4. Starting a career and applying everything we learned from childhood into the workforce.

All of these “growing pains” we experienced growing up actually prepared us for our future, even though we weren’t aware of it. Early curfew taught us how important it was to go to sleep early, especially when we’re pursuing our dreams and working really hard jobs. Not having an allowance taught us how to hustle, work hard, and be responsible. As adults, we apply all of the things we learned from our childhood and teen years into our careers. Those “growing pains” molded us into the people we are today. 

The mentees of the AT&T Hello Lab program are also experiencing growing pains of their own. You may have seen Mitú recently covering the incredible program for young filmmakers, which exists to shine a light on underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry. The 2019 Lead Program Mentor is Emmy® award-winning actress, writer, and producer Lena Waithe, who hand-picked 5 up-and-coming writers and paired them with 5 up-and-coming directors to be mentees in the program. But these filmmakers definitely face their own growing pains while bringing their projects to life. Throughout the program, the mentees receive notes and guidance on their projects in order to make them the best that they can be.

“I think everybody has growing pains. In order to exist, you have to experience that.” – Lena Waithe

For the short “Spilt Milk,” writer Mechi Parada Lakatos had to revisit her script and rewrite basically the entire thing from scratch, and director Cierra Glaudé had to deal with potentially moving the shooting schedule based on a casting choice. 

For “1/30,” writer Malik Aziz and director Vishnu Vallabhaneni faced the rather large challenge of filming in New York City. 

“Fragile.com,” writer Brittany Menjivar balanced a crazy schedule of studying abroad in Cambridge and doing rewrites on her script in the middle of the night, in addition to working with director Allison-Eve Hammersley who was busy with location scouting. 

“The Fat Friend” writer Jasmine Johnson tirelessly worked to get her script locked in and ready to go for director Jessica Mendez Siqueiros, who had to quickly cast the film before launching into production. 

“Postmarked” writer Angela Wong Carbone churned out edits upon edits of her script, and director Malakai dealt with storyboarding and pre-production meetings.

“No one gets it right every time. Everybody is evolving, and growing, and shifting in their own lives no matter who they are.” – Lena Waithe

If you couldn’t tell, these mentees work hard. And the growing pains they experience in the process will only make their projects that much better. Lena Waithe says it best: “Mentorship is really important to me because it’s the only way the business will ever really change. I think we have to not just give people positions but I think, hold their hand and be there for them and make sure we’re communicating with them because ultimately mentorship is about communication and mentorship is about relationships. It’s about really building and growing.” 

Let us know what your growing pains are in the comment section and stay tuned as we continue to follow the AT&T Hello Lab mentees throughout their exciting filmmaking journey!

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