Today we’d like to introduce you to Pilar Freeman.
Hi Pilar, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself. How did you get started?
Believe it or not, I started out as an actress in music videos. That was a big thing back in the day. I was an aspiring makeup artist and actress and was signed to an agency that would send me out for jobs. Some paid well, some didn’t, but it was so fun!
Through my exposure and connections, I made working in the entertainment industry, I started booking makeup jobs, and going out for auditions for acting gigs. However, my makeup career seemed to be taking off more than my acting. I still desperately wanted to pursue being an actress but was struggling to book any jobs.
At that time, there was a very small market for TV Hosting via E news, MTV, and BET – so I decided I was going to create a reel to send out to all of those networks & any other networks and agencies I could find. I asked my friend, a film director, who is more like a big brother to me to help me get this done & the two of us shot content any and everywhere, he edited it for me, and I had 25 VHS tapes made! HA! does anyone even know what those are these days?
The majority of tapes were sent back, but E News called me in for an audition. I was over the moon.
Although I flopped the audition, and didn’t receive an offer, this one glimmer of hope, gave me the motivation I needed to keep going.
Several years later, I created and produced my own TV show that I hosted for 2 seasons.
Now, here we are, many years later, after life giving me enough lemons to start an orchard, I am back being a freelance on Camera Host.
My main focus? Shining the light on the unhoused skid row community via The Los Angeles Mission and the good work they do for the community.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wish there was a smooth road for any journey, but there simply isn’t. My road has been filled with no’s, disappointments, rejection, self-doubt, and having to have dealt with some major personal family matters that knocked me all the way off my feet. I lost everything and had to start from scratch. Which I’ve since learned is not always a bad thing. But when you’re up against the wall and have children looking up to you, you have zero time to even think about anything that will bring you down. You just keep going. You must.
Thanks – please tell us more about you. What are you known for or specialized in? What sets you apart from others and what are you most proud of?
I don’t like to limit myself by saying what I do because there are so many wonderful layers! But currently, I do work in media and production as a freelance on-camera host, producer, and social media consultant. I specialize in shining the light on low-income communities, the underprivileged and unhoused community of skid row.
I think what sets me apart from others is the fact that I do this work in these communities to highlight their stories, struggles, and successes.
I think the entertainment world tends to be more self-centered at times, and it’s a breath of fresh air to be able to lend my gifts to communities and organizations that wouldn’t necessarily get this type of exposure. If it wasn’t for my own struggles and experiences, I would probably be trying to pursue mainstream media and fit into a mold where I would not have the creative freedom, I have doing this work.
These days, I can give of myself and my talents being exactly who I am. I’m most proud of never giving up on my dreams and being able to give back and serve people doing what I love and what I’m good at.
How do you define success?
Success to me is being free – free in your mind, free with your time, free creatively, free to do what you want, free to follow your life’s purpose. I do sometimes struggle with what I thought was success when I started off my career – money, power, fame, and all of the outside accolades. But now, success is about what’s inside of me. The love and personal relationship I have with God, myself, and my children.