Raquel Ureña is a film maker and the Founder of NYC Latin Media. She has produced over 8 films and has authored ‘Prepárate para conquistar’ which is available on Amazon.
Raquel, Thank you for talking with us. How and when did you start your journey of film making?
Thank you for having me. I was a television producer and host for over 20 years, and it became so easy for me that it was not challenging anymore. Moreover, I was getting bored of it. I lost the excitement of being on camera and producing. I saw an opportunity to challenge myself in film.
You come from a Television background. How easy or difficult was the transition into film making?
Coming from a television background made producing films easier because there are many similarities in the film and Television industry. Having said that, film making is a whole other world. There are many more steps that are involved before your production is ready for the public. The gratification in film takes a lot more time.
You have produced over 8 films. Which is your most memorable one?The most memorable film that I have produced is Amorfoda Una Chapiadora en NY because it was the first that I wrote so it is my baby. You always have a peculiar attachment with your first work.
Young talents have a problem in getting their first break. How are you helping young actors in this regard?
We are helping them start their demo reel and showing them the process that they must go through in order to start their career in film because some people know that they want to be actors but have no idea what they have to do to break in.
Tell us more about NYC Latin Media. What are the challenges that you have faced during this pandemic?
When the pandemic started, we were 3 days into filming our film Ahora o Nunca La Ultima oportunidad and we had to stop production because we didn’t want to put our actors in danger. It was very difficult because to get to the filming phase there is a lot of pre-production and the last thing you want to do is change the schedule that you have spent months preparing. So, stopping production was no easy thing to do.
What suggestions would you give to anyone who wants to get into film making?
I would say don’t be afraid of the hard work that has to be put in because the reward of seeing your finished film is priceless plus you never know if this is the next hit in the industry.