Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Sausedo.
Hi Sam, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I went to film school at ASU and made some of my closest friends. We would make different short film projects all the time out of class and eventually did projects together out of school. After college, I jumped around from editing gig to editing gig and finally landed at an ad agency in LA. Even though I don’t live in AZ anymore, I still work with my group of ASU friends all the time and travel back when they need me.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I don’t think a “smooth ride” exists when working in creative spaces. Everyone works hard to be where they’re at. Creative work is hard to come by as a Filmmaker, especially in AZ. The first job out of college, I worked at Harkins to pay the bills. It took some time to land my first editing gig outside of school, but editing is just a way to pay bills too. My passion is Cinematography, and I’ve had to do a lot of my work in that field. I fund music videos that I’m able to DP on. One day I hope to pay the rent with camera work, but I do it on the side now.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a DP and sometimes a director. Most of my work comes from music videos for local artists. I’ve loved the work I’ve done in the last couple of years. Near the end of 2020, I started to hey busy with production and have been going steady ever since. Being a POC woman in the DP spot has been so eye-opening. I’m so grateful for the crews I’ve been a part of, and I’ve been treated with nothing but respect. The moments that mean a ton are when other women on set come up to me and comment on how great it is to see a woman running the camera department.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
1000% has to be going with the flow. So much can go wrong on a set; if that changes anything about the camera, we roll with it. You can’t let the little stuff bog you down. Also, it would help if you were chill; being high-strung doesn’t do anyone any favors when the set is already stressful. It’s easy to get irritated or tired on productions, so being the relaxed person on set helps with everyone’s mood.
- Website: https://www.samsausedo.com/
- Instagram: @samsausedo
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