We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcial Perea and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marcial, why did you pursue a creative career?
Im the type of person where I just let things happen naturally. I never really pursue things, they just come to me. Growing up I was felt like I wasn’t the creative one in the family, but after sometime I grew a passion for dance and that ultimately let me to find myself with a camera in my hands. Originally I wanted to pursue a career in criminal justice, however at the time my dancing started to take off, so I decided to see where that took me and focused more of my energy in dance. A few years into dance I somehow picked up a camera and started filming my dance journey and then the rest was history. Being able to tell a story through creative visuals like photography and cinematography just gave me a whole new meaning on life and showed me how to see things in a different perspective. Im able to create a meaningful story with just a click of a button.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey started one day at a breakdance class, where our instructor had brought in a GoPro camera and was showing us the footage he had captured and I was instantly hooked! Right after the class was over I went to my local Best Buy and bought myself one. That happened over 7 years ago, and one camera led to another which led to another which led to another where eventually I somehow ended up with a Masters in Filmmaking and Media Production. The journey was definitely interested, had a lot of ups and downs, but I always remind myself why I was doing, and why I just loved to create content, the same love I had for dance was the same love I shared when I had a camera in my hands. I was even lucky enough to combined both of my passions into one and create a career out of it, majority of my work comes from working with other dancers, and just creating amazing dance content where not only are we showcasing an amazing dance performance, but also showing an incredible and meaningful story. At the end of the day I just want people to know that even though I might not be good at expressing myself through words, I can definitely tell a whole story with the art I create.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I currently live in Los Angeles, I am originally from Houston, Texas, I’ve only been out in LA for about 3 years now, a year of that was living through a whole pandemic, so I couldn’t really explore much. However even in the time I’ve had to explore, I still yet to scratch the surface and really explore what California has to offer. Im really into road-tripping and California is the perfect place to do this, you literally get a little bit of everything here, from the gorgeous beaches, amazing national parks, from forests, desserts, mountains, you get the cold you get the hot you get that perfect whether in between. The best part of all this is that everything is just a drive away. A week is all you need to hit up all off Californias best sites.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is such a hard question to answer because everyone in my life has had some sort of impact in my journey, from family, friends, classmates, teachers, to even my dog, everyone has supported me and pushed me to be the creative artist I am today. I will say the one constant form of motivation Ive had since my freshman year of high school was listening to Kid Cudi’s music. Kid Cudi’s “Man on The Moon” album changed my whole view point on life, especially his song “Pursuit of Happiness.” That song has been the soundtrack to my life and has motivated to always pursue my dreams no matter what, to always follow my pursuit of happiness.
-Marcial Perea -Flo Belen -Eduardo Flores