When Francis Pollara, producer, founder and chief executive of Ladeson Productions, walks into a meeting, most people can't guess how young he is, or how much he's accomplished with a company he formed to help his fellow students.
"I have a beard and most people think I'm between 25 and 28, so when I walk in the door people probably think, 'This guy is out of school and probably has his stuff together,'" Pollara said. "I do have my stuff together, but I'm not 28."
Pollara does look like he's pushing 30; but at 21, he's just old enough to order a drink. Yet despite his youth, he has accomplished a great deal. In just one year, he has won a best-music-video award at South by Southwest (an annual music and film festival in Austin, Texas), a College Television Emmy Award, a Clio Award and a Cannes Lions Young Filmmaker Award.