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Filmmaker and Comedian Adrian Colon Is Serious About Success


Filmmaker and comedian Adrian Colon

West Windsor, N.J. – This past summer, The Nassau Film Festival screened a documentary film entitled Centurion, directed by Mercer County Community College (MCCC) alumnus Adrian Colon ’12, (A.S., Business/Television). The film focuses on an organization called Centurion Ministries, which works to free people serving time for crimes they did not commit. It was a festival winner in the Best Short Documentary category.

The award was a highpoint for filmmaker and comedian Colon. The first in his family to attend college, he credits MCCC with giving him the skills he needed to direct Centurion and to forge ahead in his comedy career.

“I have learned that I can pull it off. I can make it happen,” Colon said.

A Trenton native, Colon enrolled at MCCC in 2009 to study business. He excelled in his business courses, but was quickly drawn into the collaborative atmosphere of the Television Program. “Being on those production teams gave me the confidence to be the leader and take charge of a group,” he recalled. After earning his degree in Business in 2012, he decided to return to Mercer to enroll in the Television program and became heavily involved in student productions.

A pivotal moment for Colon came during his collaboration with classmate Ron Saunders, Jr. on a documentary entitled The Joke’s on You, in which Colon was featured and served as producer. “We were editing it together and we couldn’t believe what it came to be,” he said. The film was selected for the New Jersey International Film Festival at Rutgers and received an Honorable Mention. “Going on and winning awards that weren’t from Mercer...I can’t even express how that felt,” Colon recalled.

As a part-time student working two jobs, Colon had a challenging schedule. But MCCC provided him with options that made it easier. “I took a lot of hybrid classes that were half online and half in class. Those hybrid classes were extremely helpful for a working person,” he said.

Colon observes that Mercer was the beginning of his evolving journey. He continued his education through online screenwriting classes at U.C.L.A. In addition to Centurion, he recently produced and directed a music video for "Sober,” a song about enabling an addict by artist Mike Rossi, which was featured in several film festivals and was nominated for Best Music Video of 2018.

Colon's most recent endeavor has been standup comedy. His Laugh at Life comedy show, which he performs in New Hope, Pa., is typically sold out. Sharing stories about his upbringing and how he views the world, Colon takes pride in being able to make a crowd laugh. “My favorite part of being on stage is watching people laugh at me - or with me – who cares? I just love to hear the laughter,” he said.

Along with the laughter, though, comes Colon’s serious commitment to hard work. “Success comes from taking everything you do seriously,” he says.

Currently a resident of Hamilton, Colon will soon be packing his bags – and the skills and life lessons he learned at MCCC – and heading to Los Angeles, Ca., to continue his career pursuits. He encourages MCCC students who are balancing work, college and their career ambitions to take pride in every task they undertake. “Stay focused and you will rise above it all,” Colon said.

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