As most of you know, I moved to the United States from Mexico City when I was 11 years old. We literally rode in a Greyhound bus only bringing a backpack with the essentials like my “TU” magazine (the Mexican version of Seventeen). The bus ride was surreal, once we crossed the border in Texas I had people talking to me in a different language, saying things like “so where are you heading to?” or “where are y’all from?” Y’ALL? What does that mean? I barely spoke English and combining words together was not helping me understand these strangers.
The move itself was full of adjustments, hard times but also full of hopes and dreams. To deal with my life being turned upside down with no friends and very little family, I spent most of my time watching Univision. This is the Spanish channel that mainly broadcasts shows from Mexico. It gave me comfort plus my heart always belonged on TV. I had dreams of being a TV producer, and working behind the scenes, so watching TV was more than entertainment. It was research. I mean how else was I going to learn all about my favorite actors and how I would direct them one day, right?
One of my favorite Telenovelas of all times was Amigas y Rivales, think something like Gossip Girl but soap opera style. I especially fell in love with the character of Ofelia, played by Adamari Lopez. Ofelia was fierce, outspoken, yet a bit lost. I could relate! I was lost too! I was living in a brand new country. I recorded Amigas y Rivales and watched it over and over throughout the years. When I was in college, I would watch the re-runs at 7am before heading to my internship at Bright House Networks, where I was learning all about producing TV commercials and working behind the scenes. I was on the right path of becoming a producer.
On June, I completed my 13th year at Bright House Networks. I have gotten to direct and work with so many great local actors and the occasional celebrity. But last month, I got the news I would be producing/directing a commercial with Adamari Lopez. Yep, Ofelia from the show I would watch over and over growing up. I knew this was an act of God. He was trying to tell me something. I’ll start by saying Adamari was EXTREMELY nice, polite, friendly and easy to work with! I prepared for this shoot for a month, and I won’t lie, I felt like the best producer in the world.
The day of the shoot came and I felt even better. “You got this, I told myself.” Did this mean my dreams had come true? That young girl who found hope in life by watching telenovelas and Latin shows would now be directing one of the stars of those shows. I think what God was trying to tell me when I got this opportunity is to stop doubting myself. Sure, there are a lot more things I want to accomplish in my career, but yes, I am a true producer. I have clients, coworkers and bosses who trust me enough to take on this task. At that point I realized, dreams come true y’all.