We had the good fortune of connecting with Lu Mendoza and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lu, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
It is funny to think about my success because I believe I have achieved all, if not most of it, by working for others. I arrived in Los Angeles with the wish to help a loved one make his film ideas come to life. Most of the stuff I have done in life has been a mix of doing it for others and myself. Regardless, the most important decision I have made was to be good. This involved being good in the stuff I did, being good to others, and over everything, it was about being good to myself. Being kind and open to people has helped me become approachable and easy to work with. This has helped me meet new people who want to work with me and contribute to my success.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The path is never clear when figuring out what I want to do. I started as a painter and illustrator, I found a passion for poetry, but now I have been able to combine them in creating films. Finding a calling would be the hard part of the trip, but the path keeps giving me challenges. Either with thoughts of my value or the value of my work, it’s been hard figuring a balance, but the practice has given me strength and patience. Strength to figure my worth and patience to approach challenges without my heart taking control. I have learned to follow my mind to make rational decisions, and I am slowly figuring out how to balance it with my passion for my work.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many places that I learned to love about Los Angeles. I would first go to the Griffith Observatory to feel the excitement of Hollywood and, at the same time, understand how small but important we are in such a big city. I would try to stop by every cafe close to downtown, especially Eightfold Coffee, which is becoming a personal favorite. Venice beach is a much it always excites me to people-watch in such a popular area because I don’t only get to see people from California, but I see people from all around the world being as mesmerized as I was the first time I went,

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?
A lot of people have helped me in my success. Salt Hill Journals helped me put my words and feelings out in the world. My roommates Kayla and Angie have listened to hours of rants about not being good enough and have encouraged me to be better. However, my friend Pietro has been by my side through highs and lows, always having my back and reminding me why I do the things and love and why I want to be better.

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