We had the good fortune of connecting with Giovanna Trujillo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Giovanna, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Ever since I was a kid I have always been drawn to artistic outlets. I found myself wanting to act, write stories and mess around with the family camera. I overly consumed media from music to films and I simply fell in enamored with it. Throughout my life, I have always had an eclectic array of interests such as languages, arts, sports, etc. but nothing felt as magnetic to me as filmmaking and photography. I knew that I had to pursue this passion of mine, no matter what. It’s a bit cliche but life is too short to not follow your dreams and do what fulfills you. Being a low-income college student, I was afraid to take this leap but I’m so glad that I did. Now that I’m in this for the long run, I’m striving to be a part of the movement of promoting work centered on women, Latin Americans, LGBTQ and immigrant led stories.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a queer Latinx multimedia artist born and raised in Southern California. My art and stories are women, Latinx and queer driven. Much of my work is rooted in saturated pops of color, nostalgia filled visuals and fun vignettes of the digital age. This October, I will be releasing my latest short film, Sick Day, an ode to friendship and embracing the spontaneity of young adulthood. I have released micro-shorts in the past but directing, writing and producing this short taught me many lessons in being an artist and balancing multiple projects. I have quite a few projects releasing in these later months which I’m quite excited about. This Latinx Heritage month, I will be releasing a zine alongside Lorena Mondragon focused on Latinx artists and their dynamic bodies of work. In the near future, I will be releasing some new work with local indie talents such as PRJCT and PrettyUglyBoy.
Throughout these last months, I have been producing, photographing, assistant directing and production designing for numerous projects that have refined my skill set in filmmaking all together.
Getting into this field isn’t easy but the most important practice is discipline. Once I started disciplining myself and setting personal goals to myself I actually saw progress. Whether or not it was a personal project or reaching out to people, staying true to your passion and valuing yourself will aid you in the long run. I’ve learned to value your worth and that timing is everything. As creatives, we find ourselves trying to out compete one another to accomplish as much as we can in a short amount of time without thinking about the journey. We have to grow on our own and gain as much experience and expertise before we can enjoy the fruits of our labor.
People underestimate the power of reaching out to people and using social media as a tool for networking and creating wonderful connections in this digital age. Don’t be afraid and tap into unconventional ways or entering the industry. Some of the most important and fruitful partnerships I have formed have been through Instagram and TikTok. I’m quite active on TikTok (@giobabaa) and love the community I have found through my page.
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?
I adore starting my day off with coffee and boba so we would have to get some to start off our day. Some places I recommend are:
K&M Coffee – Pandan Horchata Latte
Tierra Mia – Horchata Latte
Cup of Cha Tea House – Gemini Boba Drink (Taro & Brown Sugar)
Intelligentsia – Avena Latte
There are many wonderful stores to go to but I prefer heading to the flea market or to estate sales. The best estate sales are around Pasadena or any affluent area with an older demographic.
I would definitely recommend going to the movie theater or a museum. I don’t have a movie theater or museum preference but my tradition when going to museums is to buy at least 3 postcards.
If you want to see some good indie artists, go to Junior High, The Roxy or The Smell.
Sometimes if you can’t find anything interesting, go on TikTok and instagram to find out the spots. I love dancing cumbias, reggaeton and synth and Los Angeles has many great spots with awesome music.
I would end the night with ice cream or fries. It doesn’t matter from where. By this point, the night out should continue past midnight. I love the quiet and calming energy Los Angeles has past 1am. Sharing this moment with someone else is essential. LA is never this still and lonely.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
While navigating these more naive beginnings of my career, I found myself surrounded by a supportive community that has propelled me to my current status as a freelance filmmaker. I’m eternally appreciative of my family, friends and collaborators who have believed and invested in me.
I feel lucky to have a mom who introduced me to art at a young age and encouraged me to pursue my dreams. She showed me art of all mediums and introduced me to an array of music genres from Latin American rock to cumbias to synth pop. My dad and my sisters have played a key role in my journey as well, as they allow me to be myself and creative in my own right.
Although I had a solid foundation, I had no clue on how to enter the industry. I was at a point in my life where I felt lost and eager to learn but did not know where to begin. Thankfully, my lovely friend, Luke, helped me to get on my first set which changed my life completely. After this experience, I was hungry for more.
Other: TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@giobabaa?_t=8V2CmEb5knm&_r=1 Co-Production Company: https://dicetv.space
Images of Giovanna Trujillo in white dress were taken by Caro Knapp Image of Giovanna Trujillo and Aniya Wolfe taken by J.Ward