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S U M M E R 2 0 1 7 U o f L M A G A Z I N E | 3 5 E veryone has heard the term "pounding the pavement." Little did Jessi Eichberger, 11A, know the new lands she would discover by doing just that. "La La Land" to be exact. Eichberger was part of the costume team nominated for the Oscar in Achievement in Costume Design for the 2016 movie musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Eichberger is one of several UofL alums who have taken their chances in L.A., but her accomplishments in such a relatively short period of time after graduation, and the path that she took to get there, make her story an inspiring one. So how did she get from UofL to "La La Land?" One step at a time and with a little luck. LEARNING THE ROPES Eichberger's journey started at her hometown university. "I chose to go to UofL, and honestly, it was the best decision I could have ever made and the perfect fit for me," she said. The first costume team she worked on was for the play "Betty's Summer Vacation" for UofL's Theatre Department, and she credits assistant professor, Zhanna Goldentul, and Melissa Shep- herd, costume shop coordinator, as being instru- mental in helping her focus and refine her skills. Goldentul saw Eichberger's potential from their initial meeting. Designing Woman Alumna takes her costuming talents from backstage at UofL to Hollywood backlots By Lindsay Wehr & Erica Walsh "It takes an incredible amount of courage and self- confidence to accomplish what Jessi did in the amount of time that she did it."

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