We had the good fortune of connecting with Magely Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Magely, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I guess I could say I’ve always had that creative bone in me. Something about me is that I went to college to follow my passion to study film and be part of creating stories that can impact people. What I never knew is that I was always making some kind of “show” when I was younger and I always found a way. My mom would tell me how I was always up to something new like making “commercials” with my dad’s camera, little shows with my cousins, or always falling in love with the newest movie on a VHS or DVD. They always say that media is following you but I always felt like I was following it. It was always the stories that motivated me and gave me that euphoric feeling after watching a movie. It was that sensation of leaving the theaters after a good movie and the inspiration to take on whatever comes my way. I wanted and still want to do the same thing. I wanted to understand how such amazing films were made, how it went from just becoming a thought to a visually compelling story to share with others. That’s why I decided to invest in an artistic career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Overall I consider myself a filmmaker. I love all aspects of it from directing, to makeup, to lighting, and editing. Although my craft does mostly fall under makeup and sound designing. With makeup, I absolutely love making things gruesome! Anytime I get and “ew” from people, I feel like I succeeded. Doing SFX makeup lets my creativity out and it’s something that just came natural to me. During film shoots, the crew would see that I would move on fast or find creative ways to complete a look if I didn’t have the materials I needed. Sound designing is an area where I still have so much to learn. It’s something that also came natural because of how I genuinely wanted a film to sound better. I was always looking to see how I could work with the directors and help them complete their dream. I’m still working on becoming a full time filmmaker and have these two passions be my everyday job. Unfortunately, I’m part of that group that started getting their feet wet in the industry when the pandemic hit. It’s been a hard year but during 2020 I’ve luckily been able to keep in touch with mentors and friends to help each other out. On the bright side, what I’ve realized when it comes to starting out is that there’s always something to look forward to. I hope to get myself in the industry through my efficiency and desires to share stories.
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.
Living in the San Diego area, I’ve been able to find some great spots to eat and explore! That’s the beauty of this city because it has sections that are great in different things. For a long trip, I would want to dedicate a whole day to my favorite beaches like Coronado, Encinitas, Mission Beach, and Carlsbad. Those places usually follow along with some great coffee like Cafe 1134 in Coronado or Philz Coffee in Encinitas. When it comes to food though, my favorite spots are in Mira Mesa, Convoy, or Liberty Station. The first two are mostly dedicated to Asian food, which I thank one of my best friends for introducing me to it, with things like Korean BBQ, boba, shaved ice, and noodles. I still have lots more to explore but this is exactly why I tell my friends to come over and visit me! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My journey to become a successful filmmaker couldn’t start without those that love me and with a little help from music. Those that are closest to me like my brother, best friends, and cousins always had my back if I ever felt unmotivated. They would keep reminding me how far I’ve come and the opportunities I’ve fought for and been given. They knew I had the potential to become a filmmaker. Also, something that has also always kept me motivated too has been music, yes, just like everyone else but it’s film scores that always gave me that sensation of hope. Music from people like Steve Jablonsky, Hans Zimmer, and more became a foundation for me if I ever felt lost. It was their music in the first place that made me fall in love with movies even more. If there’s ever a day I feel as if life gets too hard or I feel out of place I just out my headphones on and press play.
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