We had the good fortune of connecting with Eloy Manalo Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eloy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Everything in life is a risk. Pushing yourself creatively and emotional is a risk. Doing nothing is also a risk. It’s how you manage that risk and weighing out your options that can make you grow overtime.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I first fell in love with photography when I was teen. It all started on the beautiful island of Guam. Being born on an island has its perks. Island life is something we all should experience one day. But I was too comfortable. It wasn’t till after high school that I decided to take the leap to San Diego. A place I barely knew and had no connections with other than family. That’s when my love for photography took off to new leaps. What set me apart back then was when I got into drone photography early on. People were able to see San Diego from a whole new, different perspective. My love for San Diego also grew as well as my art during this time. The biggest decision of my life was moving from San Diego to Los Angeles back in summer 2019. I’m aspiring to be a Director of Photography in the entertainment industry. For years, photography was my main jam, but I needed a new a spark. It was one of the hardest decisions in my life. Preparing to do such a move financially and emotionally took a toll on me. LA is a new town to me. Nobody knew who I was. It wasn’t till I got all moved that it finally hit me. It was the perfect opportunity to show this town what I’m capable of. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by putting myself out there. Now, I’m still currently in Los Angeles. Pursuing my dreams one goal at a time. I’ve learned many lessons since the big move especially with the pandemic. Don’t be so hard on yourself. We all our own worst critics. Another lesson is embracing uncertainty. It costs nothing but your time to be prepared for any scenario. Preparation is key to success. My biggest takeaway is this. Winners or successful people in life are not people who never fail. It’s those who never quit that find success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Favorite spots in San Diego! So many to choose from. Our beautiful beaches should be the main reason to come to San Diego! From Sunset Cliffs to Carlsbad, you can never go wrong visiting all the beaches up the coastline. My favorites are Windansea Beach, Torrey Pines, and Sunset Cliffs. Checking out the city could also be another day trip. Views of the downtown area are everywhere. Coronado, The houses above Liberty Station, and Harbor Island Drive offer great views of the city. Exploring Gas Lamp and the Balboa Park should definitely part of the itinerary. Art is everywhere too for the city. Dedicating a whole day to see the artsy side of San Diego is a must. North Park, Hillcrest, Old Town, and Barrio Logan are great places to checkout. I love walking around North Park and Chicano Park. So many sights and food to try out.
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?
My biggest support system is definitely my family. There’s nothing like the support of your loved ones in my creative journey.