We had the good fortune of connecting with Ana Victoria Esquivel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ana Victoria, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor has been the fact that I do not see a future where I do not achieve my goals. Instead of telling myself that something wasn’t possible, I ask myself, OK but how else can I possibly get from point A to point B? There has to be another way, there has to be another way. I always force myself to think outside the box and find another way even if I do not know the answer immediately.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a special FX and beauty make-up artist from Panama, central America. But it was not always this way. I came from a long history of following the corporate path and working in offices. I actually graduated from Architecture and it wasn’t until my late 20’s I decided to risk it all and follow my dream of being a fantasy artist for the film industry. It’s pretty shocking to learn that I’m the first Panamanian working fulltime as an SFX artist in LA and knowing that gives me a great sense of responsibility to represent my country and make my people proud.

There is a fantastical world that has been developing in my mind since I was a child and I can’t wait to bring those creatures and stories to life. I am a big fan of the industry I have chosen to work for and few things are as satisfying as doing for a living that which you grew up being a fan of.
I’m pretty grateful for the fact that I’m doing really well considering how difficult my beginnings here were. I went through everything from being threatened by crazy roommates to living in someone’s couch. But every step I took was an upgrade. I have learned that when you keep the illusion of your dreams alive nothing can stop you but you have to seriously believe in yourself. No room for second-guessing.

My art comes from a unique place of growing up in a very diverse Latin American country and mixing that with fantasy can open the door to some really interesting concepts and I want to channel that through my art.

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