We had the good fortune of connecting with AUGUSTO A LOPEZ and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi AUGUSTO, how do you think about risk?
I began working in sales in my early 20’s but as I approached my 30’s, I realized the cubicle life was no longer for me.
I decided to move to New York (a brief period of my life) and picked up a camera when I did. I began snapping photos, began to assist other photographers and finally enrolled into a film program at SF State.
I knew I wanted to create films, of any kind. I began to take on small weddings and with more experience, I began to gain the confidence to capture bigger, more lavish weddings. I also began to find corporate work and am producing films full time.
It took years to get to a point where I made a comfortable living but I knew the risk was worth it because it allowed me to make a living doing something creative.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
While I do run a video production business, I consider myself a creative. I’m constantly filming & editing films to be intriguing and beautiful for my clients. Whether it be a wedding film or a documentary, I strive to create solid work that my clients can enjoy..
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Im all about taking friends to interesting places around the city. I do my best to avoid the common tourist traps and instead have them explore hidden gems, good eats, etc.
Prior to the pandemic, there was a “secret” garden in a building on Kearny I took people to, the mosaic staircase, the lookout point from treasure island at night, etc. There are a lot of great spots to visit in San Francisco.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My partner. She also runs her own business and I’m constantly inspired to work harder to match her success. She’s a big supporter and always hyped up my work.