Today we’d like to introduce you to Vivi Tomasi Paiva.
Vivi, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in Brazil and at age 4 my family and I were transferred to Ecuador due to my father’s job. I grew up in Quito, but always visited my relatives in Brazil as much as possible. I went to an international school where I was very fortunate to have classmates from all over the world. From a very early age, I always loved being on stage whether it was dancing, acting, or hosting shows. I always knew I wanted to be in the entertainment/TV world. I came to the United States to go to Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts where I got a dual degree in Television & Broadcast Journalism and PR & Advertising.
Upon graduation, I started working as an Associate Producer for a journalistic travel show for Globo International as well as a Producer for a variety of news packages and special reports for GloboNews, Brazil’s 24-hour news network. While freelancing for a few years, I worked on very cool projects for TV Azteca, UFC, as well as in two feature films Breaking Through and Marjorie Prime.
In 2016 I decided I wanted to focus on journalistic content and TV again. I promised myself I would only produce content I would host and that I would only host what I produced.
Today I produce, write and host an all-female talk show called Get It, Girl for LATV Network.
Great, 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’m not a big complainer. I can’t be! Each person’s career road is going to be different. We just have to trust that the reasons for those differences are bigger than what we can comprehend right now. Things don’t happen when we want them to, just when they should. I have always been very impatient in that sense and life has taught me that things will happen when they ought to happen and later on life will show you why. I have been extremely fortunate to have a very supportive family, to have been able to attend great schools and learn from spectacular professors and mentors.
Being a young girl in the entertainment industry can be tough. You have to have a very strong personality, know who you are and most importantly know who you want to be. All the experiences I’ve had have taught me how to stand up for myself in a male-dominated industry and develop somewhat of a thicker skin to criticism and other people’s opinions, especially if they get in the way of your dreams. Dreams are our gasoline, what keeps us going. Without them, we would be walking aimlessly.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Get It, Girl – what should we know?
Get it Girl is an all-girl talk show that stands for female empowerment, highlighting progressive ideas through candid discussions on trending topics and personal experiences. It is hosted by myself and two other amazing girls, Ana and Fiona. We feature many up and coming artists, mostly women who have great, inspiring stories to tell. The most important aspect of the show is us showing people how we can disagree and still get along, how we can have different opinions but still be respected.
What are you most proud of?
I would say what I am the most proud of is having achieved all of it on my own, always going after my dreams. I still have a lot to learn but I am on the right track to getting to where I want to be.
What do you think sets you apart from others?
Some of the things that set me apart from others in this industry is how accessible and relatable I am to the people I interview. Being fluent in 4 languages and having lived in different countries growing up have also helped me understand people and culture in a wider range. Knowing how to approach people and making them comfortable for a candid conversation – an interview devoid of strict formalities. I’d like to think I create a space where people can be themselves and therefore give me their true story. As a producer I am very determined and know what I want, the message I want to give out and the feeling I want to evoke in people. I think that is important when you are developing a new project.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
– Put in the work
– Go above and beyond for projects I think will open other doors and give me more opportunities.
– Do the homework – do the research, be prepared.
– Focus and determination
– Show trustworthiness and reliability – Following through establishes your character and professionalism, work ethic is very important to me.
– Creativity and relatability – the ideas have to be innovative but relatable, they have to resonate with people.
– Last but not least… CHARISMA! 😉
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @vitomasipaiva (personal) @getitgirltv (tv show)