Moved to the US to pursue dream of becoming a film director

JJ - Raz Tzameret 2I transferred to Towson University from Howard Community College in the Fall of 2015. At Howard, I first worked as a math tutor for one semester. I then campaigned and was elected Vice President of the Student Government Association for two semesters. I filed for permission to work outside of school (OPT) and worked in filming and editing with an entertainment company. After a year my OPT expired, and it was time for a new Vice President to take my place. After I had transferred to Towson, I tried to find a job on campus but with no success; and as of this moment I am not working.

I mention all of the above because I know what Just Jobs is all about. It is about the value and benefits of hard work, right? For that, I have some credentials.

For two years before moving to the US, I worked eighty hours a week to pursue my dream of moving to the US and become a film director. I spent my days as a full-time member of an IT department, and three nights a week and Saturday I spent working shifts at a gas station. People called me crazy for working so much, but I knew I could do it. I was no stranger to hard work.

From the age of 18 to 21, I served in the Israeli Defense Force. In the middle of my service, my family incurred financial problems, and the military salary was very low for new recruits. During my free weekends, I worked as an usher and as a busboy at a comedy nightclub. It was a lot of work, but I knew I could do it. I was no stranger to hard work. Before the military, I worked at the Israel-Jordan border as a “general employee”.

Being an employee with no real definition allows people to do whatever they want with you, and I found myself carrying bags of rice that fell off forklifts and sweeping marble stone parts that broke while being lifted from one truck to another. I did it all in 120 degrees. I didn’t know I could do it, but I did. The value of hard work is in the core of me as a human being: always has been, always will be.

Now I am lucky enough to be working on things that I love while pursuing my degree. Graduating with a degree will not be the end of four years in school but the culminating experience of decades of hard work that began with a dream. This dream could never have come to fruition without the values I developed doing supposedly menial things. So while I am editing, writing, directing or producing, I will do it all with the same values that I had sweeping rocks, cleaning movie theaters, and putting gas in cars.

We are proud to announce Raz Tzameret is one of the current JustJobs Scholarship finalists. Vote for his essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘heart’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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  • מוניקה מתתיהו

    raz is a very creative person, highly qualified wherever he is in charge, with a great devotion, responsibillity and kindness, in a very unique way to communicate people and make things happen….wonderful guy.

  • Jill Tzameret

    Raz is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever been lucky to know. He is ambitious, honest, and compassionate and I have no doubt he will be a success in whatever path life takes him. It is an honor to know such a gentleman as Raz.

  • Nitza Zameret

    I think this is crazy and yet inspiring. I know myself and know iam a hard worker, but this is pretty much sums what success is all about. best of luck.

    • Ali Hassan

      The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

  • Nati Tzameret

    The hard work is not necessarily the most important thing. The most important thing is how you do the work you do and how you enjoy it. That is why if you enjoy what you do, then you can do anything. That is why if you appreciate what you do, even when it is not your cup of tea; then you can do anything. Any kind of job is always right for any working man or woman. All they need to do is to know how to make it their own, how to enjoy it.

  • Guy Tapeta

    I’ve had the pleasure to work with Raz, most definitely deserve the scholarship. Some people may blossom when given the chance, and he is that kind of a person. I have discovered a very talented, creative, professional, hard worker guy. Above all, he has a great spirit and character. I highly recommend!

  • Shana Creeger

    Raz is a great guy! He is a hard worker, has a great sense of humor and a kind heart. He’s the total package!

  • Dominic D

    I had the privilege of being Raz’s audio professor at Towson University. His work ethic is unbelievable, and his dedication to making the assignments absolutely perfect was unmatched. When I asked for 110%, he gave 111%. Razz is a great person, and wherever he goes, he will become an invaluable asset to the team.

  • Nancy Muser

    Awesome!!!!! Everyone wrote amazing comments and I so agree. In the 2 years that I have known Raz I have been amazed and impressed with his talents. I cannot imagine anyone more deserving of this honor!!!!

  • Uriah Ben Yehuda

    I heard so much about Raz from my wife (how knows him for many years) that I feel like I know him… Well, more or less.
    I met him only once at my wedding, and he just stood there with a shy smile, wanting to celebrate with my wife and I our happiest day of our life.

    I’ve watched a lot of the short films he made, that my wife showed me.
    All I can say is that I was thinking to myself how this guy got not only the ambition, but also the talent.
    This essay confirmed me that this fellow has the third ingredient for success: hard work.
    I really feel he desereves this one the most.

  • Shahaf Abadi

    Raz and I worked on two high school short projects together. In the first he was my editor, in the second I was his DP (director of photography). He was there for me as I was for him and worked on my project as if it was his own. I filmed a documentary and his touch, how he had cut 6 hours of footage to 12 minutes, was at the time, for that age, unbelievable. He helps with all of his heart when needed and put efforts into others just as much as he puts effort on his own projects. He deserves this one.

  • Dustin McQuate

    I have had the pleasure of sharing an office with Raz over the last year. It is clear that he is passionate, intelligent and creative. In addition, he is hard working often being in the office before I arrive and after I leave.

    Furthermore, I used to work in the local film business. Having spent 7 years on the sets of everything from The Wire & The West Wing to Minority Report & Hannibal I think Raz has many great characteristics suited for an education and career in the “the biz”. I cannot think of a better candidate to receive the support needed to further pursue a dream.

  • Shay Itzhak-Halevy

    I met you six years ago and we lost touch. After a few years we met in different circumstances, and while I was passionate about acting, you introduced me to the world of improvisation. I saw you in the impro group and the love you give, how commit you are. I know that even though you love it, this kind of commitment is always rare. From what I read here, you commit also when you do things you don’t love so much, because that is just who you are. Continue to be that way, that is all I can say (besidea good luck of course :))

  • Shai Tubul

    Raz is one of a kind.
    I remember him working so hard to save money before moving to the states.
    Unfortunately, living as a foreign student is not an easy task. He achieved so much already but that’s not enough. At this point, this scholarship is a must.
    Besides being a unique person with rare personality, as you may figure by previous comments, he really needs it. Raz is talented and didn’t compromise, he decided to fulfill his dreams in the US and I have no doubt he will make it. The main obstacle is the financial part which can be resolved with a scholarship from Just Jobs Academy. I hope you will make the right decision choosing Raz.

  • Shiri Lalush

    Some people, few, get the chance of knowing throughout their entire life what their destination is. This is exciting and frightening at the same time, and can turn one into smug or warrior. in Raz’s case, he immediately filled the warrior position, and took full responsibility on achieving the prophecy that was cast at him at a very young age.
    I’m positive Raz will do great things anyway, because he’s ridiculously talented and decisive; but with your support, at this critical time of his growth, we could all be enjoying this very soon. He deserves this more than anyone.

  • Carmit Cohen

    Raz in Hebrew means secret, and I feel like every time I found another piece of him, I like him more. He doesn’t have secrets and will tell you all you want to know with great honesty, but he will always be humble about it, almost as if it was a secret. This essay reveals another piece that I like, and all I can say is good luck

    • Ali Hassan

      I agree!!! I feel so lucky to be learning more and loving more about raz everyday.

  • Naor Shmuel

    I’ve known Raz for a few years. A unique guy. What he failed to mentioned (not to be too hard on you buddy! ‘Failed’ is a strong word…) Is that he always wanted to get better, not as a worker, but as a human being. For him being a hard worker is one of the qualities a good person should have, so he embraced it. I don’t think he knows it till this day that there was nothing to embrace. He was a hard worker all along.

  • kobi eini

    We served together for a very short period of time. All I remember from that time is how much fun it was. Your improvisation skills gave joy to everyone who were under the same tent as you. You’ve never done it for attention, you did it out of love. You are still making everyone smile out of love, and I think that is your secret. It wasn’t the drive to succeed that kept you going, but how much all of your effort and hard work were always done with love, out of love.