We had the good fortune of connecting with Isabella Dioguardi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isabella, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
This is a complicated question, that even I have had a hard time answering in the past. However, the easiest way to explain it, from my experience, is that in a way being a filmmaker was something I always wanted to do. For as long as I can remember, film has been a part of who I am. It has been a mentor or a friend that is always guiding me through life. I’ve been on adventures with Marty Mcfly and Doc, I have been stuck in detention with the Breakfast Club, fallen in love with Rick in Casablanca and cried alongside Simba when Mufasa died. All these films helped me grow up and understand the world around me, even if I wasn’t aware of it at the moment.
When we are young, people around us start asking us questions and push us to decide what our future will look like. Deciding your future is a lot to put on the shoulders of an 18-year-old girl. There are so many options and paths to choose from. Even though 18 is an age where the world starts seeing you and treating you as an adult, I feel I lacked the maturity to take such an important decision that would have a great impact in my life. I ended up choosing the easy path of Engineering. For three years of my life, I was molding myself to become something I’m not. Junior year came around and I couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror. My own fear pushed me over the limit, and I fell into a hole where I broke.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration if I can call those three years the darkest of my 24, however, having that experience opened my eyes. Yes, it broke me in every sense of the word, but in that darkness, in a moment where there was nothing else to break, I stopped and started to piece myself back together and embracing the many cracks that show my story as a daughter, a sister, a Venezuelan and an immigrant. For a long time, I was lost because I didn’t know who I was. I was able to find myself and understand what path I needed to take even if it was a harder than the one, I was on.
Choosing a creative career is ludicrous from where I’m from. As a Venezuelan, I crave stability, something I am not too familiar with, but becoming a filmmaker is something I need to pursue. I want to tell my stories, my perspective of the world. For so long I have been silenced by my country and even myself, however, finding my voice through storytelling is where I find my strength and hopefully with time people will come to hear my message .
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 am actually graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design this spring. I am excited to see what the next chapter holds for me. I am finishing my last project and hopefully submit it to the film festival circuit. It has not been an easy road, it has been one and difficult, but it has been a rewarding one at that. I want people to feel inspired and to understand that it is ok to have dreams and pursue them. With family and friends by your side it makes the journey easier.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am currently in Miami so I would definitely take them to Design District and Wynwood. These are the more artsy places in the city, filled with amazing food and extraordinary murals that are constantly changing. Every time I go, is like the first time I am going. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my friends and family. They have supported me through these crazy times. My decision to change career paths is not something that was taking lightly in my family but it was taken gracefully. Without their support and love I wouldn’t have courage to pursue this very crazy dream of mine of being a Storyteller.
The Personal photo and 3 of the additional photos were taken by Tucker Hemphill