We had the good fortune of connecting with Carla Roda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carla, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m originally from Barcelona, Spain. I was raised by a family of artists. From a young age I was surrounded by theater and cinema. I think the fact that both of my parents are in the entertainment business helped me to be who I am today. The unconditional support that my parents have given me as they know how difficult this industry can be. I think we share this bond for the arts and this has helped me to become a more passionate and stronger person, ready to fight to be recognize for my talent.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started in the cinema industry as a producer, in Barcelona, but I slowly realized that my real passion was editing and directing. I feel this two roles are very connected. In 2014 I moved to USA to study a master’s degree. I knew the american industry was very different than the European and that the competence will be bigger but I was ready to take the challenge. I started to work for free so I could create a portfolio in the States. Thankfully a lot of my clients were kind enough to start spreading my name around and slowly I started to build a network. A client made me realize that I had something unique in me, and was the fact that I was able to speak 4 languages. That was going to be what will set me apart from other candidates. I was lucky enough to get hired for a major entertainment company in a sports docu series that they were looking for someone with languages. That employment gave me all the portfolio I needed. Thanks to that job, in 2018 I found my passion for documentaries, but before that I was able to work in over 40 projects including films, commercials and music videos. And I had the amazing opportunity to direct two of my short films. 6 years of hard work have been paid off with hard work, perseverance and above all passion. I think those three words describes me.
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?
I’m not a very good host haha. I feel I have been living in Los Angeles for about 6 years and I still have a lot to discover myself. But I will start with where I live, Pasadena. I love old town Pasadena, mini Europe. Amazing asian food in Pasadena and surrounding neighborhoods. I think afterwards I will go to Echo Park and have a walk in the park while doing a pit stop to one of my favorite coffee places “Stories”. Such an inspiring place to read and write. And then I will have a walk in Venice to admire some talented street artists as well as to put our feet in the pacific water. Lastly a hike admiring the beautiful sunsets in California, making a stop in the top and sharing a paso robles glass of wine. Like I said, I still need to know a lot and I’m also very bad for restaurant names. I feel there are so many beautiful and yummy places to go that are hard to keep up.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In 2019 I was lucky enough to be chosen to be one of 6 mentes for the Karen Schemer program “Diversity in the Edit Room”, designed to cultivate the careers of emerging assistant editors and editors from diverse backgrounds and experiences working in the documentary field. For the past year this group has given me so much support and opportunities to be able to grow in my field as an editor. Meeting my mentors and other mentees made me realize that I’m not alone fighting for equal pay opportunities for female editors, abdicate for myself and my price, and believe more in myself and my work.
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