We had the good fortune of connecting with Paula Iglesias Perez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paula, what role has risk played in your life or career?
The most important thing in someone’s life is that you need to take risks to get where you want to be. So always take a chance, but think properly about it. Risks have the possibility of giving you what you are looking for, and if you don’t get where you want, at least you tried.
It is better to try and fail than not to reach your goal because you’re scared.
When I finished High School, I took a little risk with my decision to move from my hometown to a bigger city, which was the correct decision. I was already set in the entertainment industry back in Spain, but I wanted more. The only way I saw at that moment was to risk everything and leave everything behind; my apartment, my job, my family, and move to Los Angeles to start a new life. That risk brought me where I’m today; I found the job I always want as a film producer. I meet people that of today I don’t think I’ll be able to live without, and with them, I produce our first short film, “A Masterpiece,” which gratefully is having a fantastic response at Film Festivals, and we’re in postproduction of two more.
New beginnings are a risk; if you are unwilling to do it, you can be stuck in the same situation all your life. However, you must be strong to do it, and family and friends’ support is always an advantage.
From a person who took a risk to those thinking about it, take it!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a film producer, and I’m where I’m right now, thanks to the people who believe in my talents and support me even when I have little to give and a lot to learn.
The entertainment industry is not an easy path for anyone. It would help if you had a lot of patience, resilience, and strength.
Being in a foreign country wasn’t easy; I needed to improve my English and learn how the industry works here in the states. The most important reason I learned along the way is that you must fight for what you want. Only on a few occasions, you’ll get something just because. You need to be very, very lucky for that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ll say that the spots you cannot miss will be: a hike to the graffitied league in Topanga Canyon or Griffith Observatory to see the sunrise or sunset, a little bit shopping at the Grove, and a stop to have dinner at Republique
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?
I want to dedicate and thanks someone for everything I have now in my life, my grandfather. He made himself from zero. He risks everything in his life to be a professional soccer player, and he made it.
He always teaches me that following your dreams and goals is not always easy, but if it’s what you want, you need to do it, and he always will be there for me. He was, is and will be my biggest inspiration.