We had the good fortune of connecting with Emmanuel Marzía Dondadío and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emmanuel, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have two businesses and both were born with the same goal. To be able to travel freely and not depend on the lock downs or problems of the pandemic. My first business is to teach Spanish online. My second is to make movie scripts on request.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think things have to be done. You have to be encouraged to live the life you want and want. The best school is always death. Although it seems a little uncomfortable, here we are just passing by and staying thinking about what I am going to do and how, instead of going, do it, make mistakes and then learn and move on, I think, without a doubt, is the best lesson I have learned. The problem is controlling the ego. You need a balanced dose of self-confidence and humility to go forward. Although it is also true that socio-economic or geographical conditions are fundamental. It is not the same to be born in New York as in Nicaragua. Even so, possibilities are always open all the time, we are animals living in ecosystems, we must also be guided by intuition and what the inner voice tells us. But beware, we are not important, nor fundamental, but for ourselves. Then things have to be done first, and ultimately, to satisfy us. Success with an audience is a further consequence that depends on infinite uncontrollable factors. Go and discover the world like a puppy that moves away from its mother to venture into life. Entrust yourself to your God or your beliefs and cross the path of life and death with passion. These are my beliefs.
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.
A wonderful place to visit is Rio de Janeiro. You have excellent beaches, samba music, jazz, bossa-nova, batucada and much more. There are good museums, men and women with incredible figures and fascinating landscapes. The food is excellent, even the one you eat on the street and the cariocas are very friendly. Just be careful at night and try to move around with reliable taxis. It’s one of my favorite cities
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There were many people who helped me realize my goals, but without a doubt Damián Comas, a Mexican writer and film director, was the one who has helped me more recently to achieve them. A little further back in time, Clea Moreno, a Polish-Spanish writer, has given me many tools to be able to write and above all to be a better reader. Books? Certainly any of the Beatniks, although when I read Manuel Puig’s The Kiss of the Spider Woman, I think I decided to become an author.
Movies? Back to the future. It was my first cinematic influence in my childhood.