We had the good fortune of connecting with Emilie PESANTE and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emilie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
It came to me naturally. When I was young, I always had a camera in my hands, I was drawing or painting every day, I played music. Art activities have always been in my life. It was a game for me and I could spend hours and hours to create something. Even now, I always create gift for my friends because it s unique and personal. So naturally when I realized that my passion could be my job, I went to an audiovisual school in South of France, then to a journalism school to have more than one string to my bow, and now I travel all over the world to be paid to do what I love to do: film, meet people, discover new things…
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m Camera Operator/Director/Journalist at the same time. In France we say we are a « swiss knife” because we are able to to a lot of things at the same time and by our own. I work mainly on documentaries but also on tv shows/live music. I started also to be Multi cameras director on the radio with robotics cameras. The difference between US and France is huge. We are able to work alone, for example when I’m director, I’m also TD and I don’t have any problem to do both job at the same time. The journey wasn’t easy at all. It took many years to be what I am today. But I’m stubborn, motivated, and worker. I couldn’t imagine to not succeed and I work hard for that. I had to win my spurs and show to everyone that I was able to do a great work and they can trusted me. I moved from south of France, where I’m originally from, to Paris without knowing anyone. It was hard but after a lot of work for free, I started to be knowed and I became super busy. I wanted to live a new aventure by moving to Los Angeles 3 years ago.Same experience than in Paris, but harder because we don’t have the same language, culture, way to work, but step by step people trusted me and they love when I bring my French touch in studio. I have a new goal every year and I do my best to succeed it. Sometimes it takes more than a year, but I m proud to give all I have and work hard to reach my dreams.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Without hesitation, I would say “have a lunch at the Atmosphere Mar Vista”. The food is really good, the restaurant and personals really nice and friendly. You won’t regret to go there for sure. Then, you can go to Abbot Kinney and chill on this street, or in santa monica. You can enjoy the beautiful sunset there, and grab some drinks at The Bungalow in Santa Monica. You can also to the famous hike behind the Hollywood sign. You will have a nice panorama of Los Angeles. You can also rent a car and go to Joshua tree and Pioneer town. It s always nice to go there and enjoy these beautifuls landscapes and the quietness. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank everybody who opened their door to me when I arrived in LA, who gave me some advice and offered me a work.
I would like to especially thank Mathieu Besset, he is a talented multi camera television director. He gave me the chance to work with him on Four hours daily live talk shows aired on Fox Soul. This experience has changed my life.
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