We had the good fortune of connecting with Veronica Bouza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Veronica, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.” – Gordon Parks, Photographer. This quote has always been a reminder that to succeed, you have to be willing to accept all the highs and lows that you might encounter on a journey. Everyone has their own depiction of success and what it means to be successful. In my personal experience, I have taken risks when I’ve felt complacent. I knew that I want to be a cinematographer that focused on visual storytelling but I haven’t entirely been sure of how to achieve my goal. It has been in the moments of uncertainty and doubt that have been a reminder that the end goal is a mere line. All in all, success is a state of mind.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Cinematography is visual storytelling where physics meets art in a collaborative format. With narrative material, we find ourselves breaking down stories and characters to find ways to provoke emotions through images. Each project brings a different set of challenges and perspectives that makes the career every evolving. I am a cinematographer, but my journey feels like it is only beginning. I’ve spent many years freelancing as an electrician and camera assistant to further myself as a technician. During that time, I questioned myself if I was a cinematographer since I wasn’t shooting. By being persistent and reminding myself of the goal, I was much of a shooter as I am today. My goal is to remain versatile and to shoot projects with a variety of different viewpoints. My hard work and determination have kept me going all these years, and I don’t think it is stopping any time soon. As I am about to finish my MFA at the American Film Institute, I believe the future is bright, and I am eager for the next story.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend visiting, I would probably take them to the Getty museum. Beyond exploring Renaissance paintings, the rotating exhibits, the meticulous gardens, the Getty is home to some spectacular views of Los Angeles. When I am not working, I enjoy going grab a cup of coffee and exploring the grounds.
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?
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