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

Hi Santho, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I work in the film industry and am a filmmaker so the entire profession is quite risky. You never know when something will work or not and after a project is complete it’s basically out of your control. I find that pursuing filmmaking as a career is incredibly risky and if you don’t have the heart for uncertainty, criticism and a little bit of chaos then this path is most likely not for you. For me, it’s been very rewarding to push myself and see what I’m able to accomplish in an industry that I never thought I would have the opportunity to work in. At the end of my life (whenever that is), I will most certainly be much happier knowing that I tried rather than regretting not taking the chance.

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.
I work in the film industry and am pursuing becoming a full time working film director. I shared some of my journey on the last interview with Voyage LA so I won’t bore anyone who’s reading this with it again as it’s a long and arduous story. It definitely hasn’t been easy. You have to be many things at once to be able to successfully navigate this industry. Strong yet sensitive, Confident yet collaborative, original yet familiar… You have to have a vision and a voice that is yours alone and you have to know how to execute your ideas in a way that many different personalities that make up the crew could grasp it. I’ve worked with some incredible filmmakers / artists over the years and am always amazed by how much you can learn on every project no matter how small or big it is. I am grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had to learn and grow in this industry and am excited to continue making my own films.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a fun one as I have hosted quite a few of my friends from out of town. These are places I would definitely take them to. Organized a bit better than this of course.

Monty’s Good Burger – K Town
Donut Friend – Downtown LA
UCB – Improv Night
Crossroads Kitchen – WeHo
Mama’s Shelter rooftop bar – Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier
Drive down Rodeo
Block Party in Highland Park
Little Pine Restaurant – Silverlake
Venice Beach
An interactive art exhibit
Cruzer Pizza
Magpies Ice cream
Hikes in Altadena or Pasadena
Movie at the Hollywood Cemetery
Huntington Dog Beach
A drive to Palm Springs or Joshua Tree Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shout out to Jeffrey Stott, the producer who has helped me navigate the film industry and has taught me and guided me for many years.

Website: https://thisissantho.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisissantho/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/santhogoonewardene/

Other: https://vimeo.com/santho

Image Credits
Al Kalyk, Zak Kelley

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