We had the good fortune of connecting with Victor Aguilar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victor, why did you pursue a creative career?
As a thirteen year old, I spent my free time turning real-world celebrities into video game wrestlers. WWF Wrestlemania 2000, a video game for the Nintendo 64 console, had a “create-a-wrestler” feature that allowed custom players to be designed. This was great because how else would I be able to see Dr. Dre and Eminem vs The Rock and Stone Cold in a table, ladders, and chairs match?
Creating these celebrity/wrestler hybrids wasn’t enough for me, I had to share them with the world! I spent time learning to code websites where I listed the configurations for each celebrity, allowing anyone with the game to create Eminem, Dr. Dre, and many others. The website needed graphics & visitors so I taught myself Photoshop and spammed every wrestling forum or chat room I could find. Unbeknownst to me, I was gaining skills and knowledge in digital media and marketing. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized that what I did for fun was an in-demand skill in the business world, so I would say that I pursued creativity and ended up with a career!
The bosses and clients who gave me a chance to prove myself early in my career are the real reason I stayed on the creative career path. That’s why I think it’s important for those who already have established careers to help out and support those who are just starting out. Your support could change a life!
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’m the Creative Lead at Simulations Plus, a leading provider of modeling and simulation solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. I love using my skills to solve marketing problems for such a complex industry. Having worked in other industries, this one is exciting in that there is so much to learn!
I’m also excited about the indie film projects that I’m working on. I’ve only been writing & directing for the past 3 years so every step along the way is new and exciting to me. I was bit by the film bug because after releasing my short, It Happened One Day in East LA (https://www.amazon.com/
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Dodger Stadium – Go Dodgers! Los Cinco Puntos Restaurant for amazing tacos. And the beach, of course!
So is there a person, group, organization, book, etc that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
I would love to give a shoutout to my beautiful family, the Johnson’s, Simulations Plus, Indestructible Productions, Latino Filmmakers Network, Danny Cano, Scilla Andreen, Jack & Barry, Brenda Chavez, Ruben Mendive, Jorge Xolalpa Jr., Rosa Parra and all the creatives I’ve met through LNF & LaLista Podcast.
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