We had the good fortune of connecting with Felipe Mucci and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Felipe, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
Leaving my family behind to pursue my dream. I moved to Los Angeles from Brazil in 2012 and I left everybody back home. It was a decision that I’m grateful I made, but definitely a hard one. Not being able to be close to family in important moments of their lives takes a toll. Thankfully now a days it’s a lot easier to communicate and stay somewhat close, but it is still not easy.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It was most definitely not easy. I don’t think it ever is or even should. The hardships definitely make you appreciate the things you accomplish. To me there is only one way to overcome the challenges that present themselves. You keep going forward and always working hard for when your chance presents it self. If you work hard you will get a chance, but you do have to make sure you are ready for it. One of the crucial lessons I learned is to treat people with respect. Seems obvious but one would be surprised at how often that is not the case. From that somewhat simple lesson, I have had many opportunities present themselves.
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?
Uhm… so many possibilities…. Alright, let’s see. – Griffith Observatory, obligatory visit. – LACMA for sure. – Runyon Canyon. – Matador Beach during the day and dinner at Neptune’s Net. – Cantinho Brasileiro for some authentic Brazilian food. – The Hollywood sign hike is also a must. – Leo’s tacos for some nice Al Pastor. – Venice Beach with a bike ride to Santa Monica. – Definitely a day trip to Joshua Tree. – Big Bear is also a worth couple of days. – La Descarga for some cuban music. The possibilities are endless, but these would definitely be on the list. 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?
Uhm… I don’t think anyone gets to have any measure of success with a lot of help. And as strange as it may sounds I would like to thank the people that believed in me, but also the ones that said I wouldn’t be able to do it, that I didn’t measure up. Both were crucial in my life. But to single out one person, it would have to be my girlfriend, Stephanie Korski. Throughout these last years she has been helping me find my path in the industry as well as always giving me honest feedback on my own work.