Today we’d like to introduce you to Duda Barreiro.
Duda, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My career in entertainment started in small independent production companies in Brazil when I was 18 years, I started working at very low budget projects as a PA and/or AD, where I learned a lot! After a few years of managing my time between PUC and working as a freelance PA and AD, I went to work as talent coordinator for a new management company in Brazil, BR3. After that, I was invited to work for Globo, one of the largest broadcasts in the world. Then, I started working as a freelance production coordinator/ line producer which also let me to work for Floresta Productions; and one of the largest production companies in Brazil. On these companies, I worked on popular scripted and unscripted tv shows such as Big Brother and primetime soap operas. I always wanted to come to the US to study and work in Hollywood. I’ve always postponed due to great job offerings in Brazil.
After working for the Olympic Games and for a British Tv Show during the Paralympics Games, I decided it was time to continue my education and professional growth abroad. I moved to London first where I got to work on a few shows, then I moved to Lisbon to study. Finally, I decided to LA where I’ve been in the past couple of years. I’ve dedicated most of my time between internships and two post-grads at UCLA; in Film & Tv Development and Business & Management of Entertainment. I had professional experience in a few companies while studying, and also got to work on set in a feature film and a video clip. With that, I was able to gather a great amount of experience and understanding of the industry. Now I am looking for my next challenge while still developing projects here and in Brazil.
Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t been easy all the time. Working with production in it’s not always great, I have some interesting stories for sure. But I guess the hardest thing I decided to do was to give up what I had back home to start over in another country. I could write an essay just on this subject. But overall, I think every experience is worth it and I feel lucky and proud!
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’ve worked as a freelance producer most of my career. As a producer, I’ve worked in a variety of very diverse projects with various teams of professionals. I’ve done live events (music, sports), video clips, commercials, reality tv (like big brother), fiction tv shows and soap operas. I feel that working as a freelance has given the chance to learn more than being in on place. I got to work with so many different people, on some many different environments. With that, I also had a chance to travel between some jobs. As a young professional, these experiences have definitely made me mature and grow faster. And most of all, I believe I have emotional intelligence which is such a fundamental and necessary skill in a professional (and personal) environment. Having started to work young and going through these different sets, including abroad, I think it’s unique. Now, I am looking forward to settle and take the next step in my career, also keep moving with personal projects.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Definitely! LA is the heart of the Entertainment Industry, for this same reason is very competitive. I would recommend LA for someone that is starting out because it is a great place to learn. The city has endless events, courses, people that work in the industry and is the center of all of it.
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