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Meet Natalia Moscoso

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalia Moscoso.

Natalia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a freelance cinematographer based in Los Angeles, CA. I moved to LA from San Diego about five years ago to pursue film school and find a network at Cal. State University, Northridge. There I met so many inspiring filmmakers whom I still work closely with today. After graduating, I have been able to shoot a feature film, several shorts and a good amount of music videos. I continue to build my network and be inspired by those around me. I hope to inspire others through the art of cinematography as my role models did towards me.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In the beginning, when I moved to LA, I didn’t know anyone, so creating a network took time and I’m extremely grateful for everyone I have met that have helped me advance my career and vice versa. Being freelance, you never know when your next gig could be, so you have to have the right mindset. There will always be Murphy’s law along the road but I know there’s always a way around anything.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a director of photography, I work closely with directors and their visions for projects. In this role, there’s a lot of people to manage simultaneously and communication is key in order to achieve the vision of the project. Painting with light in cinematography is my favorite form of art and expressing myself. I give every project its own unique voice through the style of lighting and camera work and find how I can help push stories.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always more on the quiet side. I spent a lot of time just viewing my surroundings and analyzing people. I remember being interested in film since middle school when I was given a small, inexpensive video camcorder. I would write up skits and shoot them with my younger siblings, editing them on my early windows movie maker. I later realized that cinematography was the route that interested me the most and I loved being in the field. I continued my interest in film throughout schooling and leaned more towards the narrative side of filmmaking.

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