We had the good fortune of connecting with Andres Paredes Arroyo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andres, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I come from a cultural byproduct of latino history and western media. I grew up watching American tv series, cartoons and movies. Everything I saw growing up reflected the culture of the United States, that slowly permeated into my life and that of all my fiends. We never really noticed this but there was a small subconscious despise that had formed against our own culture; against our music, our movies, our traditions and our people. I decided I wanted to pursue a creative career when I noticed how much media had damaged me, my culture and that of many other countries. I realized that the ability to communicate and tell stories is one of the most powerful tools for change. Decisions are taken from within our emotional brain, not our logical brain. Thats why we constantly follow our “gut feelings.” I want to influence “gut feelings.” I want a small Mexican child to watch tv and, instead of seeing glorified drug-lords, see other kids like himself, having adventures he can relate to. Mass media educates the masses. Thats something I always try to keep in mind. Stories need to be relatable at a global scale and represent this multicultural sphere we all live in.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
There are two sides in my creative work. There is my work as a director and my work as a producer. As a director, my process is a lot more introspective. I direct things and themes that I feel will further advance my understanding of myself. I direct off beat stories that are almost contemplative. I like to ask questions and leave them unanswered. There are no absolute answers and I feel my work embraces that. I like to jump into the stories of those who live in decadence. To certain extent my work can be very existential and a little odd. As a producer It’s almost the opposite. I’m always interested in producing work that inspires and represents. Work that lifts up the voice of people that have something to say that is relevant for the world to hear. I work with very smart directors that have visions that uplift others in a new, subtle and respectful ways. I produce work I think can inspire change.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I wouldn’t start in the city. I would take them to the ghost towns in the Salton Sea then head up to Joshua Tree for some dessert hikes and boulder climbing. After that, a drive through the LA mountains, heading all the way to El Mirage Lake for car racing and dune boogies. Once the sun has taken its toll I’d head back to the beach. Santa Monica, Malibu and then Marina Del Rey to end the day sailing in the sunset. I’m not a fan of night life in the city so I probably take however many days are left driving through the coast all the way to San Fransisco, stopping in Big Sur and Monterrey. If there is extra time, I’d take them wine tasting at the wineries at Napa valley.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Every single thing and person in my life has contributed to me being where I am today. My family is what immediately comes to mind but it really goes way beyond that. It goes all the way back to our history and how circumstance has given me the privilege of pursuing what I am pursuing today. I am grateful of having people that care for me and believe in my vision. I recognize, that everything we have has been given to us; given to us by our family, our friends, our employees, our employers, our lovers, our enemies, our country, our experiences, our world. Everything has been given to me so I always try to give back.