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Meet Rocío de la Grana

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rocío de la Grana.

Rocío, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I wanted to come to LA to explore how this film industry was since it always caught my attention. I wanted to do acting for many years. I would find that career so fascinating but I wouldn’t dare, I was a pretty shy and concerned about what other people would think. Instead, I decided to study filmmaking in Buenos Aires.

After graduating, I started to look for behind the camera jobs in my country, it was very hard to get one. But luckily, things happen for a reason and all of a sudden, I happened to have a trip to LA. That was when I decided to talk to my parents and tell them about my decision to come here and finally start the career that I always wanted to have. It was mostly for a journey of self-discovery and the need to explore something new.

So I came out here, with knowing no one nor having a place to stay, only with a dream. I happened to find a hostel where I live for a year and a half. I went to school at Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory in Santa Monica. Right after graduating, I started to submit myself to auditions and castings, nonstop. Thank god I booked many project including short films, commercials, music videos, Netflix movies, HBO tv show, fashion film, etc. I made great contacts and I’m very grateful because many of them are recommending me or calling me to work with them again. I keep learning and challenging myself in every project. The feeling when someone else is appreciating your work and trusting you with what you love doing the most is very very pleasing.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road at all, mainly when you miss your loved ones back home. But the support and the good vibes they always send me added to my passion for what I do, are stronger than the struggle. I’m lucky to have made very good friends here. They help me to keep going when things get rough, when I feel a bit down but also in the happy moments, which is really important to me.

Everyone comes out here pursuing a dream, people could be very competitive and seems like they forget about the humanity part and respect for each other sometimes. You need to get ready for that and to fight everyday for your dream, getting used to the NO’s because you will get that a lot. Way more often than the YES’s, for sure. But if you stay positive and don’t give up that YES will come stronger than anything else.

Also, you need to be prepared when it comes to supporting yourself financially. It’s an expensive city and it’s really hard to make a living out of acting when you first start walking this road. You have to be focused on what you have to do now, the rest can wait a little bit longer.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
In terms of my career, I like the opportunities that the industry gives. I’m not from here and in a year I got to work more than I expected. Of course it’s up to you, you need to be out there, move constantly and learn how to be your own business.

LA is not an easy city to live in if you don’t get along with the long distance, traffic, you won’t find parking easily nor public transportation and you’ll get to see homeless very often. Even though people are nice, you’ll also see rudeness here and there but you have to learn how to handle it and just keep going without giving importance to small things.
Regardless of that, LA is a beautiful city that has everything. The weather is really nice, diversity of cultures, beaches, opportunities and the fact that you get to learn something everyday makes it even more interesting.

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