Carlos Torres '16 Turns SMC Passions Into Gold

Carlos Torres ’16 has successfully combined his passion for communication with the business savvy he learned at Saint Mary’s—and he has the shiny gold hardware to prove it. Last year, Torres earned an Emmy award for his role as director-editor of online and cable TV program Sunday to Sunday, hosted by retired SMC Communication Professor Father Mike Russo. Shortly after graduating from Saint Mary’s, Torres started CutFocus, a film production company, with his business partner, Jake Slonecker.

“Saint Mary’s played a huge part in my journey of developing my business,” said Torres. “I went into Saint Mary’s as a transfer student from Los Medanos College and majored in Communication, knowing thatI wanted to develop the skill sets needed to be a business owner. I also knew that if I could be a great communicator, I could be a great leader; and if I were a great leader, I could run my own business.” During his first semester at Saint Mary’s, Torres was hired as the coordinator of creative multimedia at the Joseph Alioto Recreation Center. He also worked as the videographer for the Communication Department. “Working at Saint Mary’s reaffirmed that being in the film production world was where I wanted to be,” Torres said.

“I had very little knowledge about starting a business, but SMC provided me with resources from the School of Economics and Business Administration and various departments that helped guide me in the right direction,” Torres said. “We were even hired by SMC’s Comm Department, CILSA, School of Economics and Business Administration, and other departments to create videos. Having SMC as a client helped us get on our feet during our first year of business.”