We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabby Salinardo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabby, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
It sounds corny and overdone, but risk-taking is what got me where I am today. I graduated college into the COVID pandemic and it took me months and hundreds of applications to finally land a job at a company doing “content creation,” which they then let me go from — not even a year into working there. So I had to make a choice last year – repeat the same job search process however many times over and hope for a better result, or take a chance on freelancing full time. It’s a huge risk to take, given that your next job is never guaranteed, but thankfully as of now it has gone as smooth as I could hope, and I’m grateful to all the people who have continued to hire me and recommend me to others.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always been a pretty hands-on learner, and I think that has carried into my art practice – I mainly shoot film these days because I like the physicality of working with the material, which is why I also began delving into cyanotypes and have done projects in the past in which I have scratched the emulsion of the film before scanning and enlarging darkroom prints. It forces me to be more intentional in every step of the creative process, especially when I do things like in camera double exposures. When it comes to my work with films, a sentiment a professor expressed has carried with me: to tell stories that only *you* can. I love working with directors on personal passion projects, because it’s so special to be able to portray shared experiences that are often not found in mainstream media.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m huge on breakfast foods so depending on what kind of vibe we’re going for, I’d suggest Swinger’s Diner (wonderful vegan options that reminds me of growing up in New Jersey), Sidecar Donuts (arguably best donuts in LA!), Beachwood Cafe (if they’re a Harry Styles fan like I am), or Home in Los Feliz (which is super cute if they wanted to follow up with a visit to Griffith Observatory). Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park is a nice walk with lots of thrift shops, and it’s always sweet to do the swan boats at Echo Park Lake, too! If Two Boots Pizza was still around that’s the perfect lunch, but Sage and Sticky Rice are great options in that area too. I always love taking people to the Getty, both the Center and Villa, and the Huntington also has such beautiful gardens. For nightlife, Golden Gopher is a nice, quieter bar, but Chinatown is home to the trinity of dancing and good music with General Lee’s, Melody Lounge, and Grandstar Jazz Club all within a block!
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?
Forever grateful to my family and friends for their kind words of encouragement in my creative pursuits, especially “64” (my best friends I met while living at that house address). We’ve actually talked about opening a production company together because we round each other out quite nicely. I also owe so much to the DigiFilm professors at UCI – Bryan Jackson, Bruce Yonemoto, and Ulysses Jenkins. Without them putting so much effort into the program I wouldn’t be where I am today.