We had the good fortune of connecting with Malia Baldovi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Malia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
Taking risks whether it being a big or small has always been a big part of my life and growth as an individual. I was born and raised in Hawaii and one of the biggest impulsive risks I took at that time was to move to Los Angeles. I had no actual plans of what I was going to do with my life and career. I picked up different 9-5 office jobs along the way and realized that isn’t for me. I wanted something different. I needed change and that was a risk I was willing to take. I had no back up plans, nothing. I started dabbling in the entertainment industry because I always knew that was the industry that I wanted to be in. I did many things anywhere from producing to creating my own music video, producing my own YouTube series and being guest talent on BUZZFEED. I worked with large networks such as Disney, Netflix, Bravo, and National Geographic. Taking that leap of leaving my everyday office job opened up more opportunities for me to be more creative and to focus on what I truly wanted to do. It allowed me to travel for work, build a network of people, colleagues, and friends in the industry who have been a big help with mentoring me with my life and career. I may have started working on my career a little later in life but everyone has their own paths and their own risks. If I haven’t one day woke up and told myself to just do what you want to do, you have one life, why not take the risk? I probably wouldn’t be doing what I love today. You will never know how things will work out unless you take that big step you’ve always wanted to take but was too afraid.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have many titles in my career. You don’t only need one in this age of life. You can have many. I’m amazed and proud of myself for accomplishing dreams and goals in my life whether it be big or small. I’ve learned to to produce tv shows, direct music videos let alone create one, write music, being talent, and creating content videos for my social media. Possibilities are endless and let me tell you it wasn’t easy. I think the biggest challenge for me was overcoming my fear of doing things that I love. Being scared of what others would think if I pursued my dreams. Once I overcame that fear, opportunities with TV Networks opened up for me and I’ve created and molded myself into someone well-rounded with diverse skills and passions. One lesson I’ve learned that if you’re having a conversation with someone in the industry about your passions and things you want to do and where you see yourself, don’t be afraid to tell them. Some of them ask to help you and maybe eventually mentor you because they see great potential. I’ve come a long way in a short amount of time. Just hustling, gaining knowledge, always learning new skills, and getting in touch with my creative mind. You can do anything you put your mind to. It took me a while to figure that out and now I’m creating some of my own content and working on my own projects and collaborating with other artist and individuals.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some fun places to check out would definitely be Universal Studios and Disneyland. These theme parks are filled with rides, shows, restaurants, and more. It’s a great experience. Walking down Hollywood Blvd is entertaining with people dressed up in costumes and you can also check out the little bars and stores along the way. You can also do that on Melrose Ave. They have tons of shops and restaurants there. LA is filled with a bunch of rooftop bars. You can find them anywhere. The Broad in Downtown LA is a great museum to visit. And if you want to head to the outskirts of the city, Orange County has a different vibe from the city life which is relaxing and good for site seeing. Los Angeles is big city with a bunch of little cities in it. That what makes LA so exciting.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are quite a bit of people in my life that deserves credit and recognition such as some friends, work colleagues, random strangers I meet, family, and some celebrities. They all gave me really great advice, guidance and words of wisdom. Telling me don’t be afraid to work for what you want, learn your crafts, learn everything you can and to grow as a person. Some of them would tell me stories of how they got to where they’re at in their life and career with their experiences that they’ve been through. I’m really appreciative of them with their help and guidance. It’s hard to find people these days that will take the time to support you and help you in any way in life.
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