We had the good fortune of connecting with Ray Roman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ray, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
One of my favorite quotes is from the movie A Bronx Tale (1993) – “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.” I connect with this quote because it always reminds me although I may be talented at what I do, I must always remember to never waste it. Unfortunately being creative doesn’t always come easy but there’s something about this quote that helps me get through difficult times.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being a creative in the field of video production hasn’t always been easy. For me what started off as a hobby around the year 2000 has become more of an obsession over the past 20 years. There’s nothing else that excites me as much as video editing and creating videos for people to see. I’ve discovered in recent years that capturing and editing videos of various events such as weddings, engagement and birthday parties has become one of the best types of projects for me to work on as those who I capture an event for tend to be very satisfied on how the video turned out. I tend to treat much of the videos I create as a music video with the intent of still telling a story and conveying the emotions felt from an event.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
You can’t come to San Diego without having some Mexican food. There’s many spots I can name especially for the typical “California Burrito” but I would take a guest visiting the area to one of my family favorite places to eat, Tio Leo’s Mexican Restaurant. There’s a few different locations but one of my favorites is the Mission Gorge location which is only about 10 miles from the airport. In fact there’s one even closer to the airport off of Napa St. only about 5 miles from the airport — it just depends how hungry we are! As of late I always get the chicken burrito, although my go to order has changed over the years there’s one thing that remains the same.. the chips and salsa. I can’t praise the chips and salsa enough — sometimes my family jokes about going just for the chips and salsa!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’re many shoutouts I attribute to my journey as a filmmaker. Mainly family, friends and those I have done business with have always pushed me to continue to create over the years. If I had to give a shoutout it would be to my sister who many years ago was in a pop trio music group called “Bittersweet”. As the years went on my sister performed at various events such as the Los Angeles S.E.A.P. School Tour, Latino 96.3’s CaliBash at the Honda Center in Anaheim, and more. This helped me in my early years as a cameraman in understanding the process of capturing a live event, and gaining the comfort to capture an event in front of large groups of people. Again, I am thankful for all the experiences I’ve had that have pushed me to new heights as the years have gone on. I look forward to future memories and opportunities in the future.
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