We had the good fortune of connecting with Pedro Gomez Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pedro, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
As much as I hate labels in life or having to fit into a cookie cutter scenario, I truly believe that there are those in life who will follow the path of stability and those who are willing to risk it all in pursuit of a greater happiness. Do you ever wake up, go to work, go home, watch some television then go to sleep to do it all over again the next day? I once was that person who was comfortable in a routine! My life was based off of what society had secretly embedded in my head as stability equating to success. As I navigated through life, I found myself getting bored easily no matter the task or job at hand and I’ve had some pretty cool jobs if I must say so myself! From a Disney Entertainer to Personal Banker, to Federal Officer (yes, a cop!), I finally took a risk and followed my passion of working in the Entertainment Industry in television and film! Think about it, I left a 401k, vacation hours, guaranteed paycheck, tenured positioned, health benefits and much more to dive into one of the most competitive industries in the world (in my opinion). So what do I think about taking risks? I say, take the risk! Live life to the fullest. Live life pursuing your happiness and passions. Don’t be afraid of what the possible outcome can be but rather of never trying! I once heard someone say that life is like a train on a one way track with no turning back. There will be many stops along the way but it is up to the individual to relish in the trip knowing that they can now live a life of “at least I tried” as opposed to a “what if”! I took a risk in my life and career knowing that I would have to sacrifice a few things and to this day, I wouldn’t change anything about it! There will be times where you will question your decision but in those moments of uncertainty, give yourself credit for having the courage to be where you are and to trust in yourself that your inner happiness will equate to something greater than what that old daily routine could ever provide. Taking risks builds character and endurance and fosters a creative mind like no ones business! Find the positive in all the risks that you take whether the outcomes are what you expected or not. Manifest your outcomes and accept the results. If you live life looking at the glass half full as opposed to half empty, your risk taking will eventually fall into place.
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.
Working as a Producer in the entertainment industry is a blessing that not many get to experience. As a small minority of individuals who are actively working in Tinseltown, every project and experience humbles me and I can’t count my blessings enough! As a producer you definitely have to have some tough skin. Long hours, hard work and many personalities to deal with but I wouldn’t trade it in for the world. Flexibility is a definite must in this industry. I think what makes me good at what I do is that I love people and talking to them! I can walk into any room and start a conversation with just about anyone. I love being the life of the party or the hype man to get it all started. Don’t get me wrong, there are days where I am extremely exhausted and would love to curl up in my bed and hibernate! But at the end of it all, being able to change someone’s life for the better and seeing them take a huge platform that has been given to them and use it for a greater good, makes it all worth while and what essentially lures me out of that hibernation phase. Was it easy getting to where I am today? Hell NO! I literally started from the bottom and had to prove myself. I started as a PA (Production Assistant) on films setting up lunch tables, getting beverages for the executives, picking up trash and being the brunt of many frustrated production personnel when things were not going as planned. The key to surviving all of this was maintaining composure and proving that I could handle any task at hand. I lived by the mantra that my parents had instilled in me as a child which was, “you can grow up to be anything you want but, if you are going to be a janitor (and there’s nothing wrong with being a janitor), then make sure that you are the best janitor out there” mentality! So I quickly proved to everyone that I was capable of more responsibilities other than just picking up trash from a set. My hard work would eventually be acknowledged by a Producer who would then take me under his wing and help pull me up the ladder. This industry as it turns out is all about who you know. The best advice I can give anyone is, be the first one in and the last one out and make sure that you treat everyone with respect because you never know when the kid picking up trash is going to be running a show or company and will be in a position to potentially hire you for your next job! This industry is full of many talented individuals who just need that one break!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being a native Angelino I have seen this beautiful City of Angels grow like crazy over the past few years! There are definitely some cool spots where you will find me hanging out! If it’s spring and summer you will definitely find me at Chavez Ravine taking in a World Champions Dodgers game! Before the game I might stop by for some tacos at Guisados or swing by Chinatown and pick up some great Chinese food from Yang Chows! If I really want to get a birds eye view of Los Angeles I’ll make reservations at Spire 73, located on the 73rd floor of the Intercontinental Hotel, and enjoy a nice sunset-evening dinner with views to die for! If I’m in the mood for some cool dancing and latin vibes I’ll hit up La Descarga where I can immerse myself in LA’s hottest Cuban themed rum and cigar club! Let’s not forget hiking at Griffith Park to the Hollywood sign! Whatever your mood is, you will always find something to do in Los Angeles! From the mountains, to the ocean, to the desert, Los Angeles welcomes individuals from all walks of life with open arms and continues to be an innovating driving force for those willing to embrace all of it’s beauty and diversity! If you’re not from LA, come visit, I’m sure you will love what it has to offer especially the weather!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In the entertainment industry friendships are key to your success! Without having met some amazing people who helped guide me along the way, I wouldn’t be where I am today! Although we come across many individuals in our lives that support what we do, there is always that one person who somehow was key to your success! I am completely indebted to a great personal friend of mine Steve Cubine who saw my potential when I was trying to make it in this cutthroat industry. Steve was the first person to actually see that I had potential and gave me my first shot at becoming a full time Producer. As an established author, writer, filmmaker and producer himself, he has remained humble throughout his career. He is one of the most brilliant individuals that I know and will forever be thankful for his belief in me and mentorship. If you love old Hollywood and you haven’t checked his blog out, you must frombeneaththehollywoodsign.com ! There are many who have guided me along the way and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. I hope to someday be able to mention them all at an awards ceremony and get outro music played because my speech is too long! Now that would fill my heart with warmth.