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Check Out Viviana Garibay’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Viviana Garibay.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I accidentally got myself into a summer filmmaking course in LA. By accidentally, I mean that I thought I was doing photography. Before being aware of the situation, I found myself fully immersed in a full-time 4-week filmmaking workshop learning all the craft on how to make motion pictures. How to bring an idea to life by the art of storytelling. I found a new passion, or maybe more than one, writing, producing, directing, editing, these are all things I genuinely enjoy. I started dreaming about moving to LA to pursue a career in the film industry, aka Hollywood. That was the only thing on my mind, every day, every night. So I moved out here to chase that dream. Little did I know what I was getting myself into, but so far, despite having worked 12hr overnight shoots at minimum wage, I still love it. I’ve had the opportunity to connect with amazing people and today, I find myself hopping between sets doing Narrative Content, Commercials, and Music Videos.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Most of us, we have to get out there and create it for ourselves. Choosing to pursue this dream has brought many challenges for me and it has not been easy. There have been many times when I have felt lost, confused, and alone. Being persistent is key. Sometimes you get lucky, but other times no matter how many doors are closed, you gotta keep knocking and you gotta keep knocking until you get to where you want to be.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an Independent Filmmaker that comes from Monterrey, Mexico. Now I reside in the heart of Los Angeles directing and producing narrative content, commercials, and music videos. I’ve the opportunity to hop on the crew Westworld Season 4 and work in several projects with the MediaMonks. My career in the filmmaking world began roughly three years ago where all I had was myself to create. I wrote, directed, produced, edited, and everything in between in order for knowledge and adaptability to be my foundation. In the long run this has helped me have empathy for others and realistic boundaries for what is possible. I value respect and kindness because it creates and environment primed for collaboration. With my background in psychology, I possess an intuitive and insightful directing style. I aim to find the beauty, humor, nuance, and humanity within the frame.

The work that I am most proud of are my two short films. Having an idea, developing it and bringing it to life is something beyond what I once thought I was capable of doing. The process of making each film has helped me understand myself, the people in my life, and the world that I live in a little more.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Everything comes with a little risk, but that is part of the excitement.

We stop and we think to ourselves, why am I doing this? What is the reason? What is the benefit? What is the reason that I want to leave my comfort zone and try to surf this wave of uncertainty.

The person that risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, they can avoid suffering by staying on their comfort zones but they cannot grow, feel, learn, love and transform

we have to be able to take a risk and move forward in times of uncertainty even if we don’t have a clear idea of where we’re going, you gotta trust yourself that you are going to make the right choices. We have to risk forward and trust our intuition so it can lead you to extraordinary places.

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