We had the good fortune of connecting with Priscilla Avila and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Priscilla, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I don’t know how I could choose another way of living that was not based on promoting creative and artistic content. In this pandemic more than ever we have learned the value of art. We were able to live without restaurants, without traveling, without shopping malls but we couldn’t live without a book, a movie or a song. Art has always been a human product of the highest quality and value. Art influences and inspires generations of people in the most diverse areas. Elon Musk said once that everything he does for the world today was inspired by science fiction books.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
An artist’s journey is most of the time very tumultuous and my life has never been different. I have worked in Brazil as an actress but as a screenwriter, despite having successful reception of some projects, I have never been able to produce those projects with a great budget. I was trying to make a new start in the United States in 2020 and when I got my working Visa to finally be able to get into the American Industry, the pandemic came to stop me, together with the serious illness of a family member. I had to go back to Brazil and wait again to move forward on my projects. But the lesson I learned the most was that we have to understand that our journeys are always more interesting than the arrival. Success is not what you achieve, but rather not giving up walking.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
What I love most about Los Angeles is knowing that I can have a little bit of everything the world offers in terms of food quality and leisure spots. In an ideal, pandemic-free world, I would take my friend for an electric car ride across the coast to see the beautiful sunset. I would make him taste a vegan taco at Tacos Tu Madre, have a green smoothie at Gratitude, take a walk on the California Coastal Trail and taste a Moscow Mule in a jacuzzi with a view to the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Many times I have been discredited in my professional life simply because I am a woman. Much of the creative content I generated as a creator, screenwriter or actress was always taken from me by the dominant masculinity of the industry. Moving to the United States gave me more strength to believe in myself as an artist and to be able to meet powerful and successful women who believed in my potential and that was for sure my biggest achievement so far. Erika Monroe and Heather Bragg came into my life at a time when I most needed this feminine empowerment by my side.
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