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

Hi Sara, why did you pursue a creative career?
I often ask myself this question. I consider myself an enterprising person; I have always had a lot of imagination and I strongly felt the need to face new projects. Before studying my bachelor’s degree at the Superior Conservatory, I studied Fine Arts. There, I developed my painting, drawing, sculpting skills and so on. Although it was such a fulfilling experience, I finally focused on music, specifically in composing. To me, creating something that doesn’t exist is one of the best experiences. Waking up every morning thinking that I am going to bring to life something completely new, that has the power to stimulate, excite and make them feel emotions, not only me but also others, motivates me much more than anything in the world. Creating is something that I need as I need to breathe. There comes a time in the day when I feel the necessity of capturing what I hear in my head or I just need to have fun experimenting with sounds, harmonies and textures. For me, it is a way of running away and expressing myself, a way of traveling to unknown and parallel universes, a way of connecting with my inner self and unleashing my creative spirit.

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.
It was not a smooth road at all. I had to study a lot when I was young. I had no summer, no Easter nor Christmas vacation. Every day was working day to me. And also, I was feeling so lonely during my bachelor’s degree, I was the only girl in my promotion. So, it is hard when you don’t have any referent either. You don’t study any female composer during the degree nor before and that is so discouraging. Apart from that, I Knew that I had to get out of my comfort zone and that if I wanted to work as a media composer, the mandatory place to go was Los Angeles, so I had enough time to mentally prepare myself and be able to materialize the idea. It may have been the biggest sacrifice I’ve ever made. Because at first, seeing you alone in such a big city on the other side of the world makes you feel dizzy. Thinking of what you have to manage on your own in a language that is not your mother tongue without any help is scary. But it was also the best experience I’ve ever had because not only it has helped me to grow as a person but also it has made me strong, independent, confident, and ultimately it has allowed me to find out and understand who I really am.

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 city is huge and deciding on the best things to do can be a bewildering task. If you are going to be in the city only for a short time, I would say that one of the most beautiful places to visit is the Griffith Observatory. I think this place should be mandatory if you are traveling to LA. The night view and the sunset from the dome of the Observatory is one of the best views I was able to enjoy during my stay in the city. Apart from that If you like the beach you will go to visit Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu. In the Malibu area, I would recommend El Matador beach where you can enjoy sunsets among that beautiful coves and outcrops. Besides that, if you are passionate about art, culture and science you can also go to visit the most famous collections in LA in museums as the Getty Center, Getty Village, Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), La Brea Pit Tar Pits, Petersen Automotive Museum and many others.
As a filmmaker going to visit the cradle of cinema can be an incredible experience. If you are that kind of person, I would also recommend to go to Universal Studios, were you can get a guided tour of real-life most famous movie lots and studios, and you can also enjoy a bunch of thrilling and super fun rides.
Talking about the best food in LA, I am a fan of Asian cuisine and Los Angeles seems to be the perfect city to be an Asian food lover. You can taste the best ramen in town at many restaurants on Sawtelle Boulevard. One of my favorite places was Tsujita, they cook a different type of ramen, Tsukemen. In my opinion it is the best ramen restaurant on town. Not only this but you can also find spectacular dim sum restaurants in the Monterrey area.
Traveling to Los Angeles can be a unique and rewarding experience. As you can see LA is a huge, divers and multicultural city with hundreds of activities to do and thousands of restaurants to visit, so you will need at least two weeks to make it worthwhile.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Many people have supported me throughout my professional career. I would like to thank my family and friends for encouraging me to pursue my dreams and for trusting me more than even myself, because without them I would not have come this far. I am grateful also for what my mentors taught me during my bachelor’s degree and also when studying at UCLA. They and their passion for what they do, inspired me a lot. They guided me and helped me get the best out of myself. I am fortunate to have also been able to count on wonderful people in my field such as Claudia Montero, Argentine composer winner of 4 Latin Grammys or Octavio Hernandez Bolín, radio host and expert in the world of Brass Band. Unfortunately, they are no longer among us, but they always were very special friends and a great support for me. I can never thank them enough what they did for me and how protected I felt on so many occasions.

Website: www.saragaliana.com

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