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Meet Rosanna Peng

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rosanna Peng.

Rosanna, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up a rather “shy” girl as a minority in my mostly white high school, I always had a difficulty expressing myself. I felt like a creative and interesting person on the inside but didn’t know how to show that side of me. I was terrified of speaking in public. When I was introduced to filmmaking through a course in school, I knew it was the medium I wanted to pursue.

Has it been a smooth road?
There has been a lot of struggle. Within filmmaking, I’ve always seen myself as a natural editor role. I am great at piecing the story together with whatever available assets. I loved problem-solving in that way. Although I felt great at editing, I still wanted to push myself to be better at all aspects of filmmaking. I wanted to grow personally outside of my profession as well so I decided to focus on directing. Every directing opportunity that I got, I would get down on myself because I wasn’t achieving the vision I had set out to capture. It was an uphill battle, but I’m learning to embrace the process and be comfortable with my story and path. Everyone’s path is unconventional!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an independent filmmaker. Depending on the project, I come up with the creative concept, I direct/build the team together, and I edit. I specialize in beauty/fashion films. I’m known for my natural approach to branded content and I’m proud to have a voice that promotes honest story-telling.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
LA is definitely a great place for business. It’s the epicenter of all things film and entertainment. Coming from small towns, the creative community has always felt slightly competitive. LA offers a lot of opportunities and it feels like people are generally more open to helping one another out. Of course, you might run into a few bad apples that are flakey in how they run their business, but generally, I’d like to help contribute to a thriving creative community in LA but constantly putting on my peers.

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