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Life and Work with Eva-Maria Tamez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eva-Maria Tamez.

Eva-Maria, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My filmmaking journey began when I moved to Los Angeles. Straight out of college and truly away from home for the first time. For me, LA had always been a magical kingdom. In my mind it’s streets were paved with gold, there was a piece of film history on every corner, and reminders of what old Hollywood and the film industry used to be. I’ve always wanted to be a writer/director, even before I knew what those two things really meant. So naturally, once I graduated,  I packed all my things and finally moved to my minds kingdom, hoping  to inhabit the role of its newest queen or at least princess. It was a course of action riddled with small struggles, periods of true sadness, and broken hearts. But it was also full of moments of strength, beautiful surprises, and unlikely friends. At first los Angeles didn’t fit into the image of paradise that in my mind I had envisioned it to be. The pavements are cracked not gold, and the pieces of film history I searched for are long gone, lost in a time I’ll never get to see. But the beauty of something being different than you imagined it to be is that you get to fall in love with it in ways you never thought you could. I’ve made amazing friends with kind hearts, learned from intelligent mentors, and found my place for the time being working with a film producer writing scripts I never thought I’d be writing. I get lost driving down LA’s most famous streets at dusk. Olive especially. The future feels infinite and my journey has just begun.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I think my struggles align pretty evenly with the struggles of a lot people.We spend the first half of our lives almost exclusively just discovering who we are. I’ve lived fast, felt my heart shatter. I’ve dated bad boys, one really bad boy, realized that’s not the life for me. I’ve said goodbye to people I loved, faced massive rejection. I’ve made decision that still keep me up at night. I’ve let people down and let myself down. But all of these things make us who we are, they have made me a better writer, and they’ve made me learn to forgive myself and accept exactly where I am at that moment.

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I work for and with a film producer. It’s a job that entails pretty much everything. The best part of it is that I get to learn hands-on priceless lessons of the industry. The other best part, and hardest part, is that I get to write. I’m sure other writers will profoundly understand the invisible, yet all to real bloodshed that goes into writing and trying your hardest to make sure every sentence, every word is as close to perfect as it can be. So I’m most proud of the writing do (at least the good stuff).

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
There are definitely barriers females encounter that men never would. Even more for  women of color. There are so many ingrained prejudice, and uniformed, unintelligent, and sadly un-empathetic people out there. I wish I could speak more wisely on these topics, but to be honest I’ve been very lucky and privileged. I’ve encountered the right people and always been provided with the right path. I believe the best things we can do for ourselves is to try and find an inner happiness and peace. Wake up every day working hard, being  content with who we are, where we’re at, and where we’re going. As long as we hold onto your dreams, and as long as we believe they can happen and put the work in, our chances at success are pretty good. We may have to encounter some villains on the way but I’m a firm believer that the universe listens and helps provide us with what we need. Just like Dustin Hoffman said in “I Heart Huckabees”, “Everything you could ever want or be you already have and are.”

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Tayo Oyekan, Emmitt Burk

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