We had the good fortune of connecting with Paola Baldion and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paola, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As an actress I’ve had to wait for roles to be booked and scripts to be written. After many years I decided that I wanted to take control of my career and artistic process, that it was time for me to tell my own stories and create my own characters. So after writing and producing my first documentary I Am Migration, along with my husband Jamie Toll, we started our own art and film production company called Dos Almas Films,
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an artist I have always been attracted to multiple forms of expression. Acting, dancing, writing, directing, producing are all different forms of storytelling. I began performing with my parents puppet theater on the streets of Italy, then as a teenager I started working in TV series in Colombia and eventually moved to film. My constant curiosity for finding new forms of narration led me later to produce my own content and create my production company. With time I’ve learned that the best projects are the ones that come from your heart and personal experiences. My latest project is a docu series called For Alma. This is the most personal and intimate work I have ever done as it narrates what is like to be pregnant during the 2020 pandemic. It hasn’t always being easy but I have been lucky enough to always find the right people to collaborate with. Choosing your team is key and so is finding people that believe in you and are excited to create together. A good product is usually made by multiple hands so its important to recognize the people who help you achieve your goals 🙂
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well now that we are on quarantine I wouldn’t take anyone out! lol, but in the future I would definitely take them to explore Los Angeles. Depending on the time of the year I would show them different places. For example in early November I would take them to the Hollywood cemetery to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos, a beautiful Mexican tradition to honor the deaths and our ancestors. The Griffith Observatory so that they can get an idea of the size and scale of LA. The downtown art district to appreciate all the street art of the City. Crossroad kitchen so that they can have their minds blown by delicious vegan food and Pour Vouz to appreciate some amazing life music and enjoy the burlesque performances.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First of all my husband Jamie Toll for always believing in me and having my back. My Heritage DNA for supporting our documentary project I Am Migration and all the people who shared and supported our #IamMigration campaign!
Twitter: Paola Baldion