We had the good fortune of connecting with Yvonne Elmasri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yvonne, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
My end goal would be holding an Oscar for a film I produced that is both thought provoking and makes an impact. Trust me, I am on my way!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s interesting because I have two sides. One side of my brain is very methodical, studious and Type A which helps me greatly in my career and the other side is very creative. I must write, produce and create or I start to lose it. Regarding my career: It wasn’t easy for me to get to where I am today. I grew somewhat poor and had many responsibilities and trauma at a young age. The day I turned 15 I started working and never stopped. I knew I always wanted more. I grew up in Sacramento, California and for me I wanted to be in a big city by the ocean and live in a high rise which is pretty much what I have. It was always going to be either LA or NY for me and to live in a place with the same kind of mentality. Many say we are all crazy here but I disagree. I think we are all brave, we take chances and don’t live in fear. This is what I love about Los Angeles and I can’t imaging being anywhere else. I had to overcome a lot to get here and I still do. I’ve had meetings with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and still feel like that little girl from Sacramento, so I have to push thru and believe in myself because what you will learn is if you attempt to follow your dreams is that you are your biggest champion and you better believe in yourself or no one else will.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my friend came to visit me I would be so happy and excited to show them my city! I would start off early morning watching the sunrise at Zuma Beach in Malibu. Then I would take them to one of my favorite breakfast spots Amara’s in Pasadena. The best Venezuelan breakfast hands down! Then I would take them to see The Last Bookstore In LA, a must see for book lovers! Lunch would be Da Pasquale Restaurant in Beverly Hills and then off to the Self Realization Center in Pacific Palisades. It’s so beautiful and peaceful there. From there would be cocktails at The Bungalow in Santa Monica and then off to dinner at Nobu in Malibu to end the evening with a stunning view and amazing sushi.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A special Shoutout would be to the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg who inspired me and many others on so many levels. Her strength and perseverance challenged us all to live fearlessly and boldly, To help our brothers and sisters around us and understand that each of us can make a difference in our own way. I listen to Deepak Chopra’s 21 days of abundance every single day. Once I am finished I start all over again and it’s interesting because each time I listen I learn something new. It keeps me focused but also grounded and gives me an understanding of what’s truly important. I also read the Four Agreements every few months. The Four Agreements are: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best. I am a student of life and far from perfect so these help me tremendously to navigate forward.