We had the good fortune of connecting with Vicente Cordero and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vicente, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I was a teenager I was introduced into the world of cinema, and it was such a moment of clarity and awakening that I knew from that point on what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, it was my calling and it was a way to express myself fully and the feeling of having created a film reciprocated something internal in me that was completely worth spending the rest of my life to fill myself of this feeling. I pursued film as it was my religion, after high school – I continued making films, went to school for film – and it was clear that I needed to turn this passion into a way of also surviving off my passion, so I knew I had to turn a profit from what I love to do. It wasn’t until about 2012 that I really started my company, but once I had it and was serious about it, I could officially have a business that would allow me to keep making the films that made me feel fulfilled but also be able to make a living. That was the thought process behind starting my own business, the business came through the thought of wanting to make a living but still being able to do what I love.
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.
My art is my expression of what I feel, and an extension of who I am. It has always been my language to describe to the world how I am feeling and it is validation in knowing that what I feel is larger than life. I think what sets me apart from others is everyone is different, and this is my style and what I feel – and the way it comes out on film is that translation of language – mine is dark, bold and rich – and leaves viewers usually inspired, moved or touches them in a certain way. The path to today was long, full of trails, failure, years of not being able to stay finanically stable, many years of hard work, hard lessons but overall a great education that I could not get anywhere else. I am happy where I am today, and happy I am able to do what I love for a living, I have only made it so far as well, there is still a very very long way to go and I’m excited to see what the future holds. Some lessons I’ve learned is failure is the biggest motivator, and learning to adapt from your failures, when things fail – find out why, adapt and come back stronger, become the best by trying again and improve yourself as much as you can to become that of the most efficient you can be – while staying true (to yourself), honest, hungry and humble.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to the musicians who influenced me / kept me inspired, driven and hungry to become great, mostly Nine Inch Nails, who as a teenager I would edit my own fan made videos to their tracks leading me to discover a love for creating music videos – which has lead me to the path that I am on now.
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