We had the good fortune of connecting with Ron Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ron, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is necessary especially when you are pursuing your dream and it definitely played a major role in my life. While in college my dream job was to work for USA Today and cover sports, primarily hockey. When I landed the job I thought that I would work there forever. But after seven and a half years my passion for sports waned and I wanted to make films. I visited my college professor who changed my life by giving me direction and told her that I was quitting and moving to California. She told me it was a bad idea. My co-workers thought I was crazy because I was leaving a good job and didn’t have another one lined up. However, they admired me because I was taking a huge risk.

Filmmaking is incredibly difficult, especially when you’re learning it on the fly. After six months my team and I completed a short that screened in a major Los Angeles film festival, the LA Shorts Fest. It even won an award up north in Berkeley. Who knows if anyone remembers the 16 minute film with a budget of $1500 and 35 cents. It doesn’t matter because completing and screening the film meant so much to me. And yes, I mentioned the 35 cents during the Q&A and people loved it. At the reception one person recognized me and said “Hey, it’s the 35 cents guy!” The experience was one of the highlights of my life. I dedicated the film to my parents and over 40 of my friends showed up for the screening. I had the drive to get it done and when you have passion, I truly believe that you are unstoppable. Had I failed I still would be happy because I gave it a shot.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a mix of creative and professional and I do well in jobs where my creative skills are utilized. As a social media manager at Balboa Park, I create content for the Balboa Park and Explore Balboa Park channels. For the latter I have total control and posts are spontaneous while the main Balboa Park channel is more structured. For that one I have to write the posts two weeks in advance. The Explore Balboa Park channel highlights the activities happening at the park and I love that I can pretty much write about almost anything. For example I wanted to do a post about the Beatles because of the Get Back documentary so I thought, “Do the Beatles have a connection to Balboa Park?” Turns out there is — The Beatles played at Balboa Stadium! What’s exciting is that I get to photograph diverse events such as Mayor Todd Gloria’s press conference when he’s at the park, Comic-Con Museum’s opening, or a ballet folklorico performance. Getting to where I am was challenging and often met with rejection. Getting rejected so many times actually loosened me up — I became more of myself during interviews and showed my personality and made it more casual. If we clicked then it’s an organization that will likely appreciate me and my skills.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I tend to give my guests a combo of the tourist and locals experience. I’m a foodie so casual spots such as Rocky’s (my fave burger joint!) and Tacos El Gordo are a given. Born and Raised in Little Italy will be the farewell meal. For cocktails my favorite place is Realm of the 52 Remedies. As for beaches, Coronado is the spot to relax and Torrey Pines to hike. We’ll head to OB, PB, and Belmont Park for shopping. Another beach day will be for La Jolla to see the seals, sea lions and the Cave Store then make a quick stop at Windansea Beach. We’ll catch the sunset at Sunset Cliffs. One of my favorite spots for photos is Suspension Bridge then after that we’ll head to Harper’s Topiary Garden because it’s so unique! On Sunday I love going to the Hillcrest Farmers Market and I’ll introduce them to Gabe of Awafee Gluten Free Desserts. His wife Amy bakes all the goodies and their stuff is incredible! Balboa Park of course is on the list since you could spend the entire day there. If they want a snack we’ll walk around North Park and go to Encontro for some patatas bravas and mini corn dogs. There’s just so much to do!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people who deserve a lot of credit for my growth. My English professor Dr. Terri Zawacki gave me confidence to write and told me to take a one credit newspaper workshop class that turned out to be the most important class in my life. Many from that class became lifelong friends who I consider family and we traveled to many countries together for many years. The trips were life changing and made me cultured. I also discovered that experiences are what is most valuable in life. Music is a big part of my life and playing with my Ready Reply and Inara Sunset bandmates were not only fun but it gave me confidence to be in front of people. Carsten, my film partner, helped me accomplish my dream of creating and screening a film. My best friend Tammi has always been there during good and tough times. Her love and encouragement has helped me get to the next level countless times. Community is important for me and I enjoy doing volunteer work. Here, I volunteer for ACLU San Diego and Imperial Counties. The organization does incredible work and the organizers are some of the best people that I have encountered in life. And finally, a huge thank you to my family for their constant support. They’re mostly in the East Coast so it’s tough only seeing them a few times a year.

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