Here’s hope for any Hollywood assistant who feels locked into a dead-end job. Over the years, as we know, the major agencies dump dozens of assistants for a variety of real or perceived slights. Well, one WME assistant fired after an Ari Emanuel-conducted witch-hunt a few years back has made good. His recent email to friends and colleagues shows that he’s following his dream:

From: Hernando Bansuelo
Date: October 3, 2012, 6:56:27 AM PDT
Subject: Updates

Hi Friends and Colleagues,

I just want to share a few updates with you all –

I am thrilled to announce that my first feature, Last Look, has just completed post-production. Last weekend, we quietly showed our final cut at our first Preview Screening during the Arizona Underground Film Festival to some nice critical response.

Please stay tuned about our future premieres and upcoming LA screening – follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for more info. This is very exciting news after a long journey and the Last Look team is elated! Many filmmakers have started their careers in micro-budget filmmaking: from David Lynch to Darren Aronofsky, from Robert Rodriguez to Kevin Smith, from Christopher Nolan to Jia Zhangke, and they have all inspired this leap into the unknown.

On the horizon, my 2nd feature, the romantic drama The Darcy Project is a Finalist for the 2013 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. We aim to shoot this picture next Fall.

I write to you from Iceland where I am participating in the Reykjavik International Film Festival’s Talent Lab. My short film, The Perfect Marriage is in competition for their Best Short Film prize – The Golden Egg.

Currently, I am half way through USC’s incredible MFA Program and feel very fortunate. This dream was formed nearly 20 years ago, and it’s forward, always forward.

Take care.