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Life & Work with Fernando Ramirez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fernando Ramirez.

Hi Fernando, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
After growing up in Bogota in the 80s and 90s, I left Colombia to study acting, theatre and filmmaking at Santa Monica College, Cal State Fullerton, USC and UCLA. Fresh out of school and without an acting reel, I asked my friend Justin to shoot a few scenes I had kicking around in my head. My reel turned out great and soon Justin and I found ourselves producing scenes for all the actor friends we’ve made along the way. Today, Lucky Break Reels is the top-rated reel company in Los Angeles and I’m still having the time of my life!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Having our own business has been a fun journey and we feel very fortunate to be our own boss. We’ve come a long way- our first paying client got 6 fully produced scenes for $250! For over eight years we’ve had to earn our reputation client by client, scene by scene. We’ve had all sorts of learning moments. I remember the shoot day for the first client I mentioned earlier… we had scheduled a shoot in the middle of Topanga State Park, a beautiful but out-of-the-way location. When we got there, I realized I had left the memory card at home and we couldn’t shoot without it. So, I had to drive back home while the rest of the cast and crew waited patiently at Topanga. When I finally got back, and we started to walk to the location, the park rangers stopped us and forbid us from shooting there without a permit. Man. I remember I was so discouraged and bummed out… but luckily everyone had a positive attitude so we came together, adapted to the situation, and eventually found an even better spot for the scene.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Along with my friend Justin, I run a video production company which specializes in making reels from scratch. We work with folks new to the industry and veterans alike- if you can dream it, we can shoot it! We’re known for being friendly and down-to-earth, while still being professional and delivering exceptional quality. We couldn’t be more proud of our scenes and wonderful clients!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
We’d love to offer your readers a 5% discount from any regular-cost package! This offer is always open from here until the end of time!

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