We had the good fortune of connecting with Paulina Gamiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Paulina, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Creating, and I know it sounds cliche but it’s true! Lately I’ve been focusing a lot in developing passion projects even if there is no money involved and it’s just for the love of art ( amor al arte)
I’ve noticed that the more I do it the more I feel connected to my craft, more creative juice comes in and it definitely makes me feel I have more control over my career and I have less anxiety about the future.
Everything about creating a project is exciting, from developing the idea, pre production, shooting, post and then finally showing it to the world, it’s such an adrenaline rush and it definitely makes me very very happy being able to do that.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I studied acting in New York and very quickly did I realized that I hated waiting to get called for the auditions . It have me a lot of anxiety having to wait to find the projects and to get cast, so that’s why I decided to have more control over my career and create projects that not only I could be part of but also tell stories that were important to me. It’s not easy, producing it’s a completely different monster but I’ve grown to love it.
But I am definitely very happy that I decided to create more because it has open a set of different doors that I could have never foreseen before. And I have learned that really there is no better time than now. Just start creating and you will get better on the way, there is no perfect moment except the present.

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?
This is a hard question! There as so many exciting and fun places around LA! I have to say one of my ultimate favorites it’s the Griffith Observatory, it has the best view and it also has a nice hike. Go to the Hollywood Bowl, venice and hang out at the beach.
I also love theatre , so I would take them downtown for the day go to the art district for breakfast , spend the day at The Broad museum, have dinner at Redbird and from there walk through Grand Park all the way up to the Taper Theatre to watch a play after that if we are not dead tiered probably go to a speak easy like Good Times at Davey Wayne’s.

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 give a shout out to Gus Sanchez, he is also a filmmaker and a friend and has supported me and encourage me to get my work out there and to believe in my voice. He is also a very talented and giving cinematographer/ photographer/ actor . I hope everybody has a friend like Gus who is always in your corner cheering for you!

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