LIMA — It’s a long way from Lima to New York, but one Lima Central Catholic High School graduate is making it in the Big Apple and telling her story in a recently released book.
Daniela Pierre-Bravo, a 2009 graduate of LCC, spoke Saturday about her struggles of discovering she was an undocumented citizen. It was part of a talk she gave at The Met before the Women’s Leadership Collective.
She co-wrote the book “Earn It! Know your value and Grow Your Career in Your 20’s and Beyond,” with Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski.
Pierre-Bravo works as a producer and contributor at NBC Universal.
“Nowadays young people, especially women coming into the workplace, they have to be a lot of things at once. They have to be scrappy, and eager, but not too eager that they’re overpowering and they have to dress the part but not overdo it. So there’s kind of mixed messages and women have to be a lot of things all at once. This guidebook is really a step-by-step guide that I wish I had it growing up coming into the workplace,” said Pierre-Bravo.
Pierre-Bravo was born in Chile and was unaware of her immigration status for quite a while.
“It was something I really didn’t find out until I was applying to colleges,” she said. “I didn’t have the ability to gain any scholarships. I couldn’t get any loans, that’s really how I found out the magnitude of what it meant to find out that I was undocumented.”
Pierre-Bravo worked hard and paid cash all throughout college.
Before she graduated, she sought internships in New York City and landed an interview with P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment for an unpaid internship.
“I got the internship interview because I lied on my resume and I said that I lived in New York. That was the only thing that I lied about with them, but because they saw that I was in New York, they called me in the next day and said, ‘Okay, you’re local. Can you come in tomorrow?’ Here, I was studying for an econ exam in Oxford, Ohio, and then that’s when I got on the 18-hour bus ride,” she recounted.
The first chapter of the book is about her struggles and how she went from being undocumented to getting her internships at MTV and Bad Boy Entertainment and working as an NBC page and working on shows like Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon.
The book can be found wherever books are sold including Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
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