We had the good fortune of connecting with Mariangela Quiroga and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mariangela, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
A few years ago I was working non-stop both as a musician and as a photographer/videographer. It was very fulfilling to create and achieve my client’s needs, but I realized I was leaving my family and friends a little bit behind. I then moved to the USA and within the past two years I have felt a deep change in how I balance my work and family/friends life. I have learn to set up boundaries with people, but most importantly with myself. I have learn the beauty of stillness, relaxation and taking time to really enjoy the company of my loved ones. After all, what this pandemic has really showed us, is that life is precious and you can’t take any moment for granted, so you need to enjoy and feel every second of it and hopefully everyone does that next to their loved ones.
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.
This year I am very excited to develop even further my art and star at the YEP program from the Hollywood Professional Association (a mentorship and networking program with the best in the industry). The path to where I am today hasn’t been easy, but I have overcome everything with a lot of hard work, the support of my closest friends and family. I have also learned the power of asking about things you don’t fully understand, asking for help or simply, asking for more. I have also learned that saying no to projects that won’t fulfill your mind and soul it’s amazing in the long run because you will have time and mindset to say yes to the projects you care deeply about. My work is vibrant, clean and colorful. I feel I am constantly evolving, so you will see different parts of me in many projects.
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?
I would definitely start with the outdoors, a short road trip to Yosemite and Sequoia National Park. When we come back to the LA area, I would take them to the Wisdom Tree hike near Griffith Park and to El Matador Beach in Malibu. Later in the week we would go to Getty Museum and the Getty Villa, both very different from one another but incredibly beautiful. I would definitely invite everyone to a music concert night at the Disney Concert Hall! As for my favorite spots to eat and drink at night would be Hippo in Silver Lake and Margot in Culver City. For daytime delicious food my go to are: Urth Caffe, Mendocino Farms, Sazon Colombia (traditional Colombian) and Baja California Tacos (for traditional Mexican food).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I think I owe everything to my parents, their continuous support over the years has been invaluable and has lead me further and further every single time. I would also want to thank Sequoia Emmanuelle and Erika Clark, two photographers that even though they are very different, they both have taken me under their wing and taught me different things about the art of the still image and the business skills required to be successful in the industry.
Photo of myself by: Adrian Rudd