We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Vitolina and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
My American host family once told me that even when we are not in an educational institution we should “never stop learning”. Staying curious is something I keep practicing everyday. Anything that we learn might not be useful at the moment but it might be something we will use later. With technical art jobs like 3D Modeling and Animation, it is important to be versatile and caught up with the newest tools. It is something that will make your work stand out as well as optimize the time you spend on it so you have extra time to iron out the fine details. In the film industry, it is important to be knowledgeable, well rounded and hard working in many aspects of our life. We are telling stories to connect communities around the world and it is essential never to stop learning about ourselves and the culture around us as well as cultures abroad.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m originally from Latvia and to most it is a very unknown country. This is why I am starting a project about the Baltic Gods and Deities in Latvia. Traveling around the world has made me understand my culture more deeply and realize how unique it is. This is why I want to tell stories about Latvia to my friends abroad!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s been a dream to live in San Francisco so I am always excited to show my friends around! First, we would start with getting the best vegan meal in the city – Wildseed. We would share their famous pizza and get some drinks. Then we would head to the Legion of Honor Museum and explore the rich art collection of Rodin’s sculptures and the museum garden. After that, we would hike around the Presidio area and enjoy the Golden Gate Bridge view and the Yoda Fountain. For dinner, we would go to Hook Fish Co and get a Rockfish Burrito, tacos and take it to Lands End or/and Sunset beach for the.. sunset!
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 thankful to my host family as well as my brother for never letting me stop believing in my dreams and supporting my art. Very thankful to my Women in Animation community. 50/50 by 2025!