We had the good fortune of connecting with Carolina Rizzotto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carolina, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Even when I don’t feel super motivated, I make sure to do at least one productive thing per day. Let it be brainstorming ideas of videos I want to create, preparing a schedule for the month, or reaching out to co-workers to meet for coffee and catch up. Getting in the habit of pushing myself even in my most uninspired days has helped me to continue pursuing my dreams and to stay out of a creative rut. In order to succeed, especially as an artist and freelancer, it’s essential to be disciplined and consistent.
In contrast, I highly value downtime and having new experiences. Not working can really help unleash your creativity and spark new ideas. Though I often don’t have the opportunity to take a full weekend off, whenever I’m relaxed I get some of the best ideas for my projects. At the end of the day, a successful career and life should be about perseverance, consistency, and balance, though the latter is naturally left behind at times throughout the journey.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Hello Shoutout LA readers! I’m Carolina Rizzotto, a content creator and YouTuber based in the City of Angels. As a content creator, I’m responsible for helping artists and brands to develop video/photography content by bringing in my skill sets as a filmmaker. Depending on the project, I might act as a director, videographer, producer, editor, photographer, or even multiple of those at the same time. As a YouTuber, I manage every creative aspect of my channel and also perform in front of the camera, sharing tips about travel, living abroad, and pushing people to get out of their comfort zones.
I grew up in Brazil and have been living in the US for the past 6 years, so I’d say it already sets me apart being a female immigrant in the highly competitive entertainment industry. It takes a lot of ambition and hard work to live and work in the United States, yet it can be very fulfilling and a massive learning experience. If you want to learn as much as you can, and as fast as you can, the US is the place to do so. Consequently, I’ve achieved a lot for someone my age, but at the end of the day my journey is the only one I compare myself to since each person has their own pace and story to tell.
The recurring anxiety of having to renew work visas, to be away from my family, and to thrive creatively can be tough sometimes. What has kept me going is having a clear purpose as an individual and creator, and knowing the positive impact I can make in society by not giving up. My goal as a creator is to encourage people to get out of their comfort zones, explore the world and, hopefully, unleash the best version of themselves. I constantly make decisions that are aligned with that in order to live by example. By doing so, I’ve grown so much and I just know I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t constantly push myself the way I do.
The best advice I can give is to find your truth and to not make life decisions based on fear. Sometimes, the scariest thing you could do is what could lead to the most growth. Meditate, journal, and prioritize alone time. Those are some of the best practices for you to connect with yourself and to find the right path.
You don’t have to live the same lifestyle as your friends and family just because that’s all you’ve ever known. If it doesn’t feel right for you, then it probably isn’t and you need to look elsewhere. Dream big and look outside your social circle!
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.
If a friend of mine was visiting LA for the first time, I would mix and match with touristy and local activities. To start, I’d take them to Hollywood since everyone should visit the neighborhood at least once. I’d show them the Walk of Fame, watch a movie at the Chinese Theater, and tour the Wax Museum because it’s such a fun attraction for tourists, especially if it’s your first time in the US. I would then take them to Beverly Hills to check out Rodeo Drive, followed by lunch and a walk by the beach in Santa Monica. We’d also have to go shopping at Abbot Kinney, walk by the Venice Canals, and grab a drink watching the sunset by Venice Beach.
If my friend were into the beach life, I’d take them to Malibu. We could get tan by the ocean, or just have brunch by the pier. There are also some very nice hikes by the Pacific Palisades area, which grant you beautiful views of LA. If my friend were into physical activity, that would be a go-to for sure. Skip Runyon Canyon, it gets too crowded and is overrated.
Regarding nightlife activities, there are just so many places to enjoy… If I wanted to really impress them, I’d take them to a rooftop bar on the Sunset Strip. If they were more of a bar hopping type, I’d take them to Downtown LA since there are multiple fun options there to choose from, and the crowd is more laid back. For a nice night out dancing, bars in West Hollywood and Hollywood are the place to go. You just have to make sure to arrive early (9/9:30PM), cause it can get really busy and long waiting lines are a thing in LA.
There’s a lot to do and see in the city, it’s all a matter of taste and preference. With so many options, I’d tailor my friend’s visit based on that!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents. They’re the best mentors I’ve ever had, and have showed me how I can tailor my life into whatever I want it to be. Whenever I bring up a dream or idea, they help me brainstorm how I could turn that into reality. This kind of mentorship is priceless, and I would never be living in the US without their guidance. My parents taught me to make my own destiny and to create my own opportunities, and there’s nothing more empowering than knowing you have the power to change your life. I hope to help my followers do the same.
The photos with the blue tie-die pants are by Renatto Athayde. The rest doesn’t need to be credited.