We had the good fortune of connecting with Nuria Botella and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nuria, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk-taking has been a major ingredient of my career and professional growth. I grew up on the beautiful Mediterranean coast of Spain and decided to move out first to study and then to build a career… and I could not find a closer place than LA, on the other side of the globe. This risk gave great rewards to my career. I moved to LA to work in Film Marketing and PR but I had never worked in that industry before and I did not know anyone in this city. I did in fact left a great job behind but knew that I had to take the risk and take a step back and start from zero if I wanted to move forward faster down the line. I think risks are important but you need to reflect and measure the risk and understand the possible outcomes. Once you are aware of those, if you are still ok with moving ahead, it can be scary but the other option is to always wonder ¨what if¨.
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.
Having a positive attitude goes a long way. When I first started working in the film industry, I had left behind a high position and it seemed like I was back to square one. However, I never once thought any of the tasks where below me and I did them with all my energy and enthusiasm. I think this sets the tone and people who work with you value that. I believe this was one of the reasons why I went from Intern to Director in a three year period. I put all my energy on every step of the way. The challenges are always part of the learning curve and everyone has them at every stage. In fact, if you don´t feel challenged that is a problem in my opinion because there is no growth. But from the assistant to the CEO, everyone is constantly learning, sometimes even the hard way. I always aim for an impeccable job but learning from my mistakes sometimes has been the best growth strategy and I remind myself that when I am in a new challenging situation.
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?
One of the things I love the most about LA is that you never stop discovering it. Every neighborhood feels like a completely different city with its own personality. If a friend comes to visit me for a weekend we would head to visit some of the exhibitions at Gagosian or any other art gallery showcasing something interesting. At night we would head to the Sunset Tower Hotel for drinks and dinner on Friday. The vibe of their patio always invites good conversation. On Saturday we would probably kick off the day with a hike – Temescal Canyon or Malibu to enjoy both the mountain and the ocean views. After the hike, we would grab a bite at Coast at the Shutters Hotel in Santa Monica and head to Abbot Kinney for some tea and interesting findings. A ride through the hills on the way back to enjoy LA views. During summer I enjoy the outdoor movies and there are many options to choose from in LA. On Sunday I would take them to the brunch at the Polo Lounge in the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel. There is so much Hollywood history there that is a must for people who have not been in the city.