We had the good fortune of connecting with Mariel Sosa and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mariel, why did you pursue a creative career?
Growing up, I have always been drawn to the way stories are told. Whether it would be from simple friends’ anecdotes to urban legends I would hear from my grandma. When I was little, my mom worked at a school, and at the end of her day, she would bring audiobooks in the form of cassettes that she would play for me and my brother before tucking us to bed. All those years, this became a habit, to the point when I would often find myself daydreaming stories and recreating them in my head. That’s how my passion for storytelling jumped-started. A way for me to contribute to the people that taught me so much throughout life was to make movies about them. Movies about real people, independent in spirit, and character-driven pieces. In its core, filmmaking from my experience has been an instrumental element to light focus on characters that are not sufficiently represented and deserved to be in the conversation.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I moved to Los Angeles at the age of fifteen, I came by myself to pursue a career in film. It was difficult to leave my family behind, especially during a time where you are still transitioning from a teenager to an adult. I had to make that pass by own and faced many challenges along the way. However, this also helped me to become more independent and just grow as a person as a whole. In these cases, you need to make decisions that are mature enough to make you advance in life. This thinking process prepares you for the real world. So by the time I was in college, I had a clear vision of my personal and professional direction, and I strive to stand out in my field and do what I love. My experiences had inspired the stories I tell, and continue to tell — stories that narrow down to fighters.

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?
I think the best way to enjoy Los Angeles is by just driving around and exploring everywhere. I am a foodie, so I would start by having breakfast at the Grand Central Market, then taking them around downtown, and a tour to our best museums, definitely passing by the Getty Center! and LACMA. Then probably head to Santa Monica beach for a quick sunset view and finish the day at a karaoke bar in Hollywood.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to thank the NALIP Organization for their work in promoting the inclusion of Latino voices in the film industry and for creating an environment for collaboration.

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