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

Hi Consuelo, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When investing in the beginnings of any career, the best bet to build momentum is to throw in your all. Say yes to opportunity and brave the learning curve by chipping away, day by day. As you sharpen your tools, the path often forms under your feet.

Putting in the hours is important, but it is easy for commitment and persistence to bulldoze crucial components that not only enhance the work, but foster some semblance of life balance. Rest, play and exploration outside of the craft is just as important to the work as it is to our mental well being.

As a director of photography, my role is to articulate emotionality and nuance through story.
Research and film reference of artists past does not give me the authority to describe a tender moment of love. Course study and thesis can never sensitize me to the ineffable subtleties in cultures outside my own, or describe the bittersweet transience of daylight fading through a train station window.
Balance for me is not about compartmentalization, but frequent visits to other “gardens” for a more holistic understanding of my world overview.
Without variety of experience, the arts would forever be a closed self referential loop, an echo chamber of platitudes and tired expression.
The way to communicate a meaningful story, and generate forward thinking work, is to get out of your area of focus and fatten your own collection of heartbreaks, joyrides, pitfalls and wonder.
It just might make you happier too.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
From narrative cinematography and documentary to installation work, if there is story and value in the work, then I am there to offer my contribution.

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?
For a good time, surf the bunny hill waves at Seal Beach then hit up an IMAX flick at the California Science Center. *chef’s kiss*

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A shout out to my Mom, Dad, Tias, Tios, Cousins, and friends. Finding who you are and what you love is more than honing in on a craft, but from the love and support from the people around you.

Website: concialthouse.com

Image Credits
LA River Portrait by Antonio Cisneros

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