We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Lora and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, has the Coronavirus Crisis changed how you think about work life balance?
The last two months have revealed how busy I made myself. Ever since the shutdown, I’ve been getting better sleep, more exercise, and my home has never been in better shape. I realized that I used to fill my schedule to the brim, and it wasn’t healthy for me. I told myself that I had to be busy to be successful. Like if someone asked me how I was doing, my response was always “busy!” as if that was something to be proud of. Moving forward, I want to shed the guilt that comes with an empty afternoon or even an empty weekend. It’s clear to me now that happiness doesn’t have to come from a checked off to-do list.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I work in television full-time, and I love my job and the company I work for. I’ve been very fortunate to have gone to a university that prepared me for the industry. I would attribute my success to being clear about my career goals. I decided that I wanted to be a VFX producer my second year of school, so I was able to find a mentor and a job relatively quickly upon graduating. It helps especially in the film industry to clearly be able to say what you want to do. I think it sticks in peoples’ brains. Voyage found me because I’m also a photographer, so I should probably speak on that as well 🙂 Photography is my side hobby/ artistic passion that I do to feel creatively fulfilled. I love that I can pick and choose which projects I take on since it’s not my main source of income. Lately I’ve been collaborating with jewelry designers, which have been my favorite projects to date. I love photographing jewelry and working with the lovely ladies that make them!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Can I make this into a list? There’s so many things to choose from in LA!! – Wisdom Tree hike – See a show at the Pantages – Visit a brewery in the arts district – Eat at Night Market Song in Silverlake – Lounge on a beach in Malibu – Go to my favorite tiki bar: Lono (lonohollywood.com) – Rollerblade along the strand – See a movie at Arclight Hollywood
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my husband for being patient and kind to me during these uncertain times. I can always count on him to make me laugh and be down for whatever crazy home improvement idea I come up with. This is our first year of marriage, and this concentrated time together has proven I’ve made the right decision.