We had the good fortune of connecting with Jorge Molina and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jorge, what’s your definition for success?
My definition of success has changed over time, and will probably continue to change as I keep growing and evolving in my career and personal life. For the longest time I only equated success with financial stability and/ or abundance. And that element definitely still plays a role in what I see as success. But that is not the only metric. I think a sense of fulfillment with my day-to-day tasks is probably the most important part. If something that occupies a large portion of my everyday life (a job, a hobby, a friendship, a romantic relationship) makes me feel that the time and energy I’m putting into it is worth the results I’m getting, that is a pretty good sign that I’m being “successful”. I’ve also found that success is something I can only realize I have once I’m on it, and that treating it as something to aspire can be tricky, because it’s so elusive. I’ve found that if you treat success as something to go towards, it will keep inching away from you and you’ll keep reframing it as something unattainable, which leaves you unsatisfied. But if your focus is on becoming fulfilled in the present (as opposed to running towards some vague “future success”), it’s much easier to attain.
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.
As I get deeper into a writing career, I’ve started to notice the patterns of themes and ideas I like to explore most in my stories. And I have pinpointed that one of the things that fascinates me the most is exploring how the entertainment we consume (the movies and TV shows we watch, the music we listen to, the books we read) influence and shape the way we cope and deal with the world around us. And most of my stories deal with that question. I tend to go back to my own influences, and dissect why I was so attracted to them, and what they taught me about my own life. I wrote a screenplay about the safety that murder mystery novels provided me growing up. I am working on a movie about the relationship between gay males and the divas they adore. I am currently the showrunner of a podcast about the obsession of award season prediction (“Just to Be Nominated:, out now anywhere you listen to podcasts). I think the power of entertainment to dictate profound emotional effects on us is often disregarded, and I want my career to be a dissection of that dynamic. Often through elevated or heightened genres and sensibilities. Bright colors, big personalities, whimsical lines of dialogue. Because it also has to be fun, you know?
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?
Right now that is a bit tricky with a global pandemic going on. But let’s say it’s two years ago or two years in the future. If they were to come visit for a week in Los Angeles, I’d probably only stay in the city a day or two. Take them to eat my favorite food by the Santa Monica Promenade, see the views from Griffith Observatory, and it up the nightlife in the West Hollywood strip, the Silver Lake bars or the downtown area. Probably all three. Then I’d probably go in a small getaway close by. Rent out a house in Palm Springs and spend the days poolside. Go to a cabin in Big Bear. For me a good time often comes with going away to a secluded space, with a beautiful landscape around you, and forgetting about real life for a few days. 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?
So many people to shout out. From my creative writing teacher in high school that taught me that I could turn what I love into a career, to the writing collective and management company I’m a part of right now that’s alongside me building my professional career. From my family members that pushed me to leave my home country to pursue better opportunities, to the lawyers and consultants in the States that have helped me get a visa to stay. From my early creative influences in the books and movies I saw growing up, to the new writers today that are breaking boundaries in new forms of storyyelling.
Just to be Nominated Poster by Brendan Haley (@haleydoodles) Headshot Sketch by Jason Shorr