We had the good fortune of connecting with Gonzalo Tarragona Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gonzalo, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Overall, taking risks is as scary as exciting.
When I was a teenager, someone rather important for me showed me a drawing of how magic happens outside of our comfort zone. Getting out of that comfort zone usually entails some risk-taking.
What I have learned throughout my career is to assess the possible outcomes when risktaking to try to make informed decisions while being consistent and aware of where they might lead. And sometimes, even trying to control and minimize risks is useless because life can be somewhat random.
Pursuing a career in the arts, moving to Los Angeles, and starting over are all the most amazing and beautiful risks I have taken and am more proud of in my life and career. Taking those risks has opened new paths and experiences.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
After studying for an economics degree in my hometown, I decided it was time for a change. I always wanted to experience what working in the film industry meant. Despite the connection between economics and film was not obvious to me, the deeper I got into film, the more I realized I was wrong. Having such a deep understanding of economics combined with my love for film gave me an interesting perspective from which to understand both the business and the creative side of the entertainment industry. That is why I think that what sets me apart from others is my understanding of the business as well as my global and multicultural vision. Having such a diverse background and experiences has given me a lot of adaptative skills which are key for being involved in the creation of successful concepts and taking them to a tangible reality.
I have gotten to where I am by taking risks, some bigger than other, but also by being willing to learn from others and their experiences. After working in Spain for a few years in several feature films, I moved to Los Angeles in 2020 to study Production at UCLA’s Extension program. Once I graduated, I started producing opening title sequences, music videos, commercials, and short films. I continue to develop my passion in a collaborative environment.
I am proud of all the projects I’ve been involved with. From music videos to main title sequences, short films, fashion campaigns, all have elements and represent memories that are equally important for different things. I will say that I am most proud of having had the chance to collaborate with amazing and talented artists and creatives as Silvia Grav, Jorge Grau de Corral, Eno Freedman, J.A. Moreno, and Marco Corrales and for clients such as HBO, The Othrs, Universal Music Group among others
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since I moved to Los Angeles just before the pandemic hit and borders closed, I have not had the chance to receive any visits from my friends back home, in Spain. Despite that, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and put a lot of thought into what I would do if they came for a few days.
Los Angeles is such a beautiful city, and big, that gives you the opportunity to experience different sides of the city and shape your own experience to your interests. I would be really eager to show them the different ways they could experience the city. I think I would take them from Santa Monica to Silverlake, crossing sunset and stopping by WeHo, Hollywood, Los Feliz, so they could see and experience what kind of Los Angeles they would choose living.
The only place I know I would take them for sure is Griffith Park. It is one of my favorite places to visit, disconnect from the freeway, hiking to the Hollywood Sign, and seeing all the city from above is a unique and wonderful experience.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There is a lot of people have been part of my journey to where I am now.
First of all my family and friends, my mentors from ESCAC in Barcelona, and the amazing crews I’ve had the pleasure of learning from.
But I have a special shoutout to do to Silvia Grav.
On top of being a talented artist, photographer, director, and human being, she has been one of my first friends out here in Los Angeles and has been key in my adaptation to the city.
She has really encouraged and helped me to push myself to new experiences both personally and professionally. She has set an example of courage, perseverance, and talent and has often been my main collaborator out here.
I am really lucky to have encountered such a beautiful soul that I consider a friend and an amazing work partner.
Jorge Grau de Corral Silvia Grav