We had the good fortune of connecting with Camilo Gomez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Camilo, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Since I was young, I always had the tendency to generate income passively therefore starting my own business came as something natural. My motivation was financial independence and to work for only myself. As a music producer and sound engineer, I am part of the creative and technical process of cinematographic and musical products . Where I try to maintain a strong work ethic, clear communication with the team, and provide timely solutions to all obstacles. This is how over time I understood that when people are brought together with the same vision, you create products that are timeless. I have created my own business but connect to work with teams.
Social impact: how does your company help the community or the world?
With my company I decided to make the decision to include personnel who, beyond having experience and technical knowledge; be willing to learn. At the beginning of my career many people and companies did not give me the opportunity due to lack of experience, but I realized that they changed staff frequently. That’s when I understood that beyond having the best team, I needed loyal people willing to learn. The disposition for me is one of the most important characteristics when creating a work team, because no matter how much knowledge there is, if there is no disposition, there is no solid team.
I gave myself the task of recruiting my team, establishing relationships with other teams with my same vision, and inspiring the people around me to have the initiative that I carry. Along the way, I understood that the more I got involved in different projects, I needed people who were willing to adopt projects that were out of the reach of my time. Although I was training people to be my competition later, elevating the people around me gave me satisfaction that in the end we all rose at the same time.
With my company I work with artistic communities that contain emerging artists and filmmakers. When working on a project I try to empower and inspire others to continue their dreams. By working with individuals I am able to give my skills in order for them to have a platform to express their visions or views. Many artistic communities I work with are not equally represented currently in the film or music industry. It is important that these stories have a space to be told, and I am happy to participate. Using my skills for independent artistic communities that are diverse brings inclusion to the Los Angeles creative scene.
How do you think about risk, what role has risk taking played in your life / career?
Risk is everything if you are aiming high. Especially in Los Angeles, where the most ambitious and challenging projects have a high percentage of risk. I have had moments where my intuition tells me that I must bet everything for an opportunity or job and I have not hesitated to give it my all. Many times I ended up disappointed but I’d rather end up exhausted rather than not take the chance. As long as the risk does not include my ethics or my health, I can say that I am always waiting for ambitious projects where there is risk, but the reward is great.
What is the most important factor behind your success / the success of your brand?
I think attitude has always played a key role in my success, because no matter what projects I immerse myself in, I always try to enjoy myself and have the best possible attitude. That is why I decided to create a company and be in creative fields; because I enjoy the complexities, and the long hours of work. I am very passionate about audio in all forms. In the end the key is to make work not feel like work.
How do you know whether to go ahead or give up?
I always try to filter the jobs that I commit to. When I started creating my company I had a tendency to accept everything I could in order to make myself known and establish my career faster. Over time I understood that you have to work smart, know which projects to accept and which projects to delegate. Sometimes I worked based on the number of projects I accepted and when you work by volume you can feel defeated and surrender to adversity. If you choose to work in something that you are passionate about, rest assured that you will never feel that you work. But once you choose which projects are a right fit, you begin to understand that each challenge can inspire. At times some of the challenges have pushed me to my limits that I did not know I could reach. Always as I work on different projects I look back and see the path that I have established, and that is when I regain my courage at times when the work gets complicated. This is the life I chose and I couldn’t be happier that I chose it from the beginning.
How has your balance changed over time? What do you think of the balance?
My balance has improved as I have been given better opportunities over time. I am aware that the path I chose is one of great sacrifice and being able to comply with everything and maintain a social life is complex.
I feel that the vast majority of the time when I start projects like movies which immerse me in a certain time with different people and in different places; When I return home I return recharged with different energies that make me leave my comfort zone. When I spend a lot of time in LA, I have the need to take trips away from the city where I regain my balance by allowing time for the simpler things.
What makes you happy? Why?
I used to think that happiness consisted in creating moments that later on I could remember later, but I understood that happiness is not collecting memories. Happiness for myself is being in a constant search for something that you will never find, but that being always looking will always make you learn new things and redefine what you thought you were as a person. On the path of life, there is no end, but a constant search. When you stop thinking that there is a destination, you realize that the delight of life is in continuing to search for what you will never find.
Why did you pursue an artistic or creative career?
I never chose to pursue a creative career, art chose me from a young age when I understood that my greatest strength was curiosity and sound. Although I did not know how many of the instruments or musical production worked, I gave myself the task of learning and perfecting. Many opportunities have been presented to me that do not involve music or sound, but I always end up returning to the same place where I started. In many phases of my life I have encountered situations where I did not want to create but I end up realizing that this is something I will always come back to.
How do you define success?
Success for me is an uncountable value or state of being. I prefer to exchange success for happiness; and if happiness brings me success, I welcome it with open arms. In LA I see a lot of people looking for quick and timely success. I try to avoid any media or people who try to convince me of an opportunity to have instant success, all of them are part of the biggest scam of the American dream.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have created and produced for myself, with my newest project Elements which came out in 2020. This was developed as I have always been working for multiple artists and needed to express my own art which begins with Elements. As for working with others I am very selective with who I work and also am able to work with many different groups. Above all they have to be passionate about their art and what they stand for. There is no secret for instant success, and the only way is working hard and then playing hard. Lessons to be learned follow your intuition, work smart, and don’t give up. I want the world to know that if you are dedicated and passionate about something you will find your way to recognition.
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?
If my friend is coming for a day in Los Angeles, the best way to have them get a taste is through recommendations of my friends and where they are located. They are all over Los Angeles and offer different experiences where they live because LA isn’t just Hollywood. We would start in San Pedro and get a sandwich from Busy Bees. Then drive through Palos Verdes to see the coast and stop at Hermosa Beach, and play some volleyball. After we head to my friend’s studio in Downey, then take a little tour of downtown Los Angeles. We could see alot of locations of the studios I work at as well as some graffiti and street art. For dinner we would stop at Comfort LA and then continue the feast and take some Micheladas in East Los Angeles. After that we can finally hit Hollywood, to take a mini tour of all the music studios on McCadden street. Then go to the valley and pass by the film studios.
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?
Many people deserve credit and recognition for my story. First of all I gotta start with Francisco, my brother from Colombia that came the exact time I moved to Los Angeles (LA). Gee aka the uncle showed me LA through the locals’ eyes. My parents believe in me and give me strength to move forward. Raul Menjivar, amazing audio engineer that opened all my first doors to the LA Hip-Hop scene. Shoutout XP, the first music collective we created, Bobby, Benji, and more of the family. Miguel Rodriguez, an incredible film sound mixer and mentor. Andres Farias, one of my biggest inspirations as an audio engineer. Jean Aguilera, who trusted me since day one to develop his music together in collaboration with Andres. Many others have helped me along the road and many more I am to meet, but if it was not for Los Angeles I would not have been able to find my place as a creator.