It Just Feels Right with Paloma Valenzuela

It Just Feels Right with Paloma Valenzuela

Welcome to a brand new episode of the ¿Quién Tú Eres? podcast, where we explore the conflict we often face between "professionalism" & being our authentic selves. This week's guest is Paloma Valenzuela. 

Paloma Valenzuela is a Dominican-American, screenwriter, playwright, filmmaker, and lecturer originally from the city of Boston. She is the creative director of the production company La Palomita Productions.  She is the writer/producer/creator of the comedic web series "The Pineapple Diaries". The show was featured in the Latina Magazine's "5 Web Series Every Latinx Needs to Watch Right Now", The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Remezcla, and Hip Latina. She is a 2018-2019 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Neighborhood Salon Luminary and a 2019 City of Boston Artist Fellow as well as was chosen for the WBUR Boston’s NPR Artery 25 in 2019. 

Her work has been an official selection at film festivals such as The New Orleans Film Festival, Roxbury International Film Festival, and Miami Short Film Festival. She has taught screenwriting and film at Brandeis University, GrubStreet in Boston, and the Institute of Contemporary Art and has given workshops at Harvard University, Wellesley College, UMASS Boston, UMASS Amherst, Wesleyan University, and The New School.  She is currently finishing production and post-production for her short film “The Seltzer Factory”, a documentary/narrative hybrid film exploring her maternal family’s history in Hungary and Romania. The film is set to premiere in 2023.

In this week’s episode, Paloma shares her experience creating a web series and how she’s measuring her success as a working artist. There is always the outside pressure to consider yourself an artist when you’ve made it big. But success to her is just continuing to make art. She’s producing her own work, picking up gigs, and teaching in universities part-time, and she feels very successful. 

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