We had the good fortune of connecting with Miguel Tafich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miguel, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Everyone has a different perception of success. For me it is easier saying what success is not. Success is not a goal, a destination or an award. Failure most certainly isn’t its opposite. For me, success is managing failure. Can’t deny that failure can make you feel sad, but most of the time it lets me know I can improve or simply that I just need to change something. Can say that in every film I’ve been involved in, there has always been a specific scene or shot where I don’t feel comfortable with the end result. If I find that I can do something better and if I do it better next time, that I would consider a success.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from others is how I see the world. Everyone perceives life differently, I just try to share my own vision into the collaborative process. Time has been a big ally to improve, experience has led me to be more honest and better at expressing my views. After all, I play an important role when deciding what to show on the screen, and my biggest hope is that my view helps the spectator resonate with the film.
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.
Anything that involves an outdoor activity, preferably in nature. Would take my friends to a hikes in Malibu, then brunch afterwards. The Gardens at the Huntington Library. Lunch in Manhattan Beach or Laguna Beach than chilling on the beach afterwards.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To everyone I love, my friends and my family. Wouldn’t be here without their support and belief,
BTS pictures of me are taken by Stefanie Vinsel. Rest of images are framegrabs from short films I collaborated as cinematographer.