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

Hi Carina, what role has risk played in your life or career?
A huge chunk of my career has been pushed forward by taking risks. I actually started off working in the psychology field as a behavioral therapist. For some background- I always loved filming little home videos with friends and family whenever I got the chance. It was definitely a passion of mine growing up. While I definitely loved working in the psychology field, I always found myself more drawn to the creative film world. At first I was at this scary jumping off point leaving a stable job for a career that I didn’t really have any background or study in. Regardless, I applied for this job at a creative agency/record label and got it. Funny enough, the person who hired me had also graduated with a psych degree. (What were the odds.. haha) From there, I made some great connections in the industry, went into producing music videos and commercials, then moved into directing and creating my own production company. I’ve just learned that there’s an important driving difference when it comes to thinking about doing something, and actually taking the steps to do that something. Risk taking is a huge part of that for me.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Referring back to the journey I briefly mentioned about how I got into my current job- it was definitely a rocky, confusing, slow start venturing into the film world/industry. I had to learn that I really needed to put myself out there and speak up when it came to roles that I wanted to take on. With that came a lot of research and practice learning my craft, alongside defining what I really wanted to do in the industry. When I became more confident and comfortable marketing myself, thats where my journey really started picking up. I made great connections and friends in the industry while building my own team in the process. I also made some incredible musician friends who put trust in my creative vision when it came to making music videos for them. From there, making music videos became a frequent thing I did on the weekends while I worked my day job.

While working with my team, their safety is huge priority to me. I have heard so many production horror stories where accidents and super uncomfortable situations could have been prevented and avoided by simply listening to your team and putting their well being first. The team I work with are dear friends and love ones of mine. Our dynamic working alongside one another is getting the job done, while making sure we all take care of one another. This should be the case for any set.

The best take away I’ve gathered is to keep your really big goals in mind and keep working at them. Eventually you’ll get there. Also, it’s always great to have the right people beside you on the journey and in the end.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Our Itinerary for the next 3 days:


Muffin Can Stop Us
(In Glendale)

My Place Cafe
(In Pasadena)

Ninongs Cafe (Lokels Only)
(In LA)


Birrieria San Marcos (Food Truck)

(In Pasadena)

Halal Guys
(In Glendale)


The Cheese Shop
(Carmel Plaza)

Carnival Karaoke
(Van Nuys)

Monty Bar
(Los Angeles)

The Blind Barber bar
(Culver City)

There’s so so many to mention, but here are a few! haha

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Definitely a huge shoutout goes to the Creative Agency I started at- IHEARTCOMIX (IHC), and a mentor of mine who I actually met on an IHC music video set- Sat Mehta.

Sat taught me a lot about producing, managing and budgeting when it came to music videos, commercials and working with big clients. Even with IHC now, my superior Franki has given me so many great opportunities to put my production skills to work. Currently we have some HUGE projects in the making with clients I’ve dream’t of working with, and I’m so psyched to be a part of that wild ride.

And of course, I can’t forget my parents, friends + loved ones. They are my greatest supporters and my biggest hype men/women. They inspire me everyday and have helped me countless times. For that, I am truly grateful. They keep me going and I love them all to death.

Instagram: @carinaguts

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carinagutierrez/

Image Credits
93 Celsius photos by: Francisco Leon

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