We had the good fortune of connecting with David Mansanalez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Honestly for me I have learned to balance my work and personal time. As a writer, I would read books that say, “try to write five pages a day… devote an hour a day to your craft…” I think those books are great to read, but for me, I had to learn to use them as a guideline. I usually find my self always creatively working, whether it’s with my team or alone. So for me, knowing when to turn off, have fun and be in thew moment is something I value. I guess the term is “work hard, play hard.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love the creative space I’m in. I have the opportunity to inform and educate people through visual art. A short film I wrote and producer titled Slipping Into Darkness that focuses on generational incarceration, won the first ever HBO Latinx Short Film Competition. The short film was selected from the 2019 Official Latino Film and Arts Festival and is currently airing on all HBO platforms. What stood out about this movie is that I did not glorify the gang aspect of the Chicano community; instead I humanized my culture and showed how difficult the day-to-day life can be for a people coming for low income environments and the struggle it is to get out of the judicial system once you’ve messed up.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend we visiting there’s a few places I’d take them. Since I’m reside and love the San Fernando Valley, I’d show them a few good places to eat and get a drink. First place we’d go is Hanabishi By Kyushu Ramen off of Sherman Way. They have the best spicy miso ramen and during their happy hours, you can’t beat the garlic edamame and a pitcher of Sapporo. Another place to eat some great tacos, drink a michelada and listed to the Banda play is Tacos Way. They have a great atmosphere and food. During the week I’d take them on a few iconic hikes like Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon or Wisdom Tree. Lastly, we’d head to Point Dume Beach. I like it their because the beach is less crowded and doesn’t feel so touristy.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have a few people I’d like to show love and give a shout out to. First is my partner and friend Alex Ferrufino. Creatively he pushes me to stay focused and create content that is meaningful and that matters. Together we wrote and directed Slipping Into Darkness that is now on HBO. The other shout out is to my partners Oliver Paraiso and John Mercado. They keep 4 Ways Entertainment moving forward. Artistically, they bring stories and ideas to the team that I couldn’t think of, but when we collab, the work is amazing. I thank my dudes for pushing me.
Other: https://deadline.com/2020/04/hbo-winners-latinx-short-film-competition-the-serenade-pepito-slipping-into-darkness-1202897169/ https://www.hbo.com/latinx
The picture with my name and title was taken by the team @HBO Latino