We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Steponovicius and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I grew up fascinated by TV shows. All kinds of shows. I’d spend many hours in front of my TV amazed by all those stories that would take all around the world and stimulate my imagination. I would thought “How cool would it be to take part on that? Tell stories. Create worlds. Connect to people through what your imagination could create”. I’ve done a good share of things in the industry: I edited, I wrote, I produced, I was involved in pre and post production, I created budgets, I traveled, I even moved to another country to expand my horizons and be part of this amazing community committed to make the world more magical. Specially in these days where we all had a chance to see how art and entertainment have a much bigger impact in our lives and that nothing should be take for granted. The entertainment industry is always changing and adapting. Like we do, but its essence is still the same: to bring joy and keep us dreaming. And as a Dubbing Producer I can’t think of a better thing to do than contribute to this legacy. Always creating, always adapting, always inclusive.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I majored in Communications and I was lucky enough to have worked with entertainment since I graduated from college. I’ve done a lot of things: I worked as a sports Producer for ESPN, a line producer for features and commercials and I ended up finding myself in love with a totally different side of it: Post Production as a Dubbing Producer. Have you watched amazing foreign shows on streaming platforms lately? Have you ever thought what does it get to make them accessible to global audience? For blind and low vision viewers? That’s what I do: I work hard so content produced can be watched by anyone. The biggest challenge to get a quality final product is to keep the local adaptation as close as possible to the original creation. Can you imagine translating jokes, slangs to other languages and not losing the meaning? To translate culture? It’s not an easy task, but it’s also what makes it so inventive and creative! Once that step is done it’s time to find local voices to match the original cast. Oh how fun it really is! I take a lot of pride to be part of this. Not only to make viable to deliver foreign content domestically, but also to make it accessible and inclusive. No matter where you’re at or who you are.
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?
What I love about LA is how you can go from a big city to the mountains going through the beach. No matter your traveling style, you will find something here for you. For the city people I’d take them to the Grand Central Market in DTLA to taste all the amazing food they have their. My favorites are EggSlut, PBJ.LA and Ramen Hood. You better be hungry and ready to share in order to try as much as you can! After a delicious little trip I would take them to the Griffith Observatory for the most amazing view of the city and a gorgeous sunset. We cannot forget to take a peek at the Hollywood Sign from there too. For the beach people, a not-so-quick trip through the PCH all the way to Malibu. Pack some snacks and water to spend the day at Zuma Beach and Leo Carrillo. If you’re feeling adventurous you can stay at the second and camp! To finish the day with the most beautiful sunset I’ve seen in California, start driving back to El Matador. It’s quite breathtaking! For the nature people, we can start the day hiking at the Will Rogers State Park. No need to bring your hiking shoes. Sneakers are fine. This hike is so pretty and gets you an ocean view that will remind you of why everybody loves LA. After that you’ll need to refuel and I recommend my favorite The Great White in Venice (yes, the beach again) for the most authentic LA experience: Beautiful people, organic food, at the beach. You won’t regret!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout, as cheesy as it sounds, goes to the city of Los Angeles. Here was given a chance to reinvent myself away from home and everything I knew. To the people I met here and all the many doors opened that took me exactly where I am now. It hasn’t been easy, and I guess it will never fully be, but I was given so many opportunities here that I have nothing but gratitude for this place and the people here.