Life always presents us many different paths and opportunities, but I believe that our personality, character, instinct and passion are the key elements that influence our decision-making, leading us in the right direction. I am currently enrolled at the Film Scoring and Composition majors as well as in the Conducting minor at Berklee College of Music, and after this brief description of the relationship between events in the course of my life, it will be clear why I have chosen to dedicate myself entirely to my greatest passions: music and film.
I was born in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. Raised in a family of non-musicians, but deep appreciators of all art forms, I was encouraged to begin my piano studies at the tender age of five. My mother has always been a cinephile and introduced me to motion pictures as soon as I was old enough to go to a theater. My love for films grew along with my love for her and when the time came for me to decide what career I would pursue it was impossible to go any way other than film school.
I started my studies in film in FAAP – a renowned university in Brazil – but since the American narrative style and aesthetic were one of my favorites among all others, and the United States has one of the most successful and well-established film industries in the world, I decided to transfer to an American college. I came to Boston in 2000 to study at Emerson College. I adapted exceptionally well with both the country and the culture, possibly due to the fact that I had already lived in an international boarding school in Switzerland when I was a teenager. Living abroad helped me to improve my skills in different languages, such as English, French and German, and also gave me the opportunity to get in contact with many different cultures. Europe was where I had my first contact with electronic music, fact that greatly influenced many of my life’s major decisions.
Unfortunately I could not finish my studies at Emerson because of the 9/11 incident. I returned to FAAP and started an internship at an international advertising agency called Publicis Salles Norton. Due to my intense dedication, I got hired as a Marketing Assistant after three months. On the following year I accepted an opportunity to work as a Post Production Assistant at an independent film studio. In the two years I spent at S Films I worked mainly with editing, either assisting the Editor in Chief or editing screen tests, and as a Computer Graphic Designer, operating a Silicon Graphics workstation called Flame. Some of the directors I worked with invited me to be their assistant, so I decided to work independently as an Assistant Director. For three years I worked on major Brazilian film studios, such as Film Planet, O2 Studios, LUX Films, Prodigo Films, with many different directors and crews. The practical life in the film industry turned out to be a great school, having taught me how to work as a team to reach common goals, respect everyone’s work and position, always acknowledging their importance on the success of the whole, and also provided me with a thorough understanding of how social relations are constructed.
At the same time that I was accomplishing all my objectives and was building a solid and successful career in the industry, my passion for electronic music was growing stronger. I was playing gigs all around Brazil during my free time. I also started to write and produce electronic music, selling my pieces online on major retailers such as iTunes, Beatport, Amazon. Music and film merged when one of the directors I was working with invited me to score one of his short films. This was a life changing experience. Through these ten minutes of music I discovered the missing link between my passions, realizing that scoring films was what I was bound to do for the rest of my life. At that point in time I was well established both in the film industry and the electronic music scene, but I had to make the tough decision of giving up both of my careers in order to dedicate myself entirely to studying music, setting up a high level of excellence. I started my formal studies at one of Berklee’s International Network Schools, Conservatório Musical Souza Lima, willing to transfer to one of the most prestigious music schools in the world. There I built a strong foundation not only in music but also in life, having the opportunity to meet my husband with whom I share a strong love and dedication for music.
Arriving at Berklee, I strived to keep the best academic standing and to get as involved in the Berklee community as possible so I could get the most out of my learning experience. I am fully committed to keep the high academic standard that I have achieved, with a cumulative GPA of 3.86. I joined the Berklee Internet Radio Network on my first semester and I am now part of its Management Team. I hold a position of Visual Media Director and implemented the Video Department at the station, recording, editing, and post-producing interviews and performances of accomplished artists that visit Berklee. I am also a founding member and Marketing Director of the Brazilian Music Association, hosting several workshops, shows and interviews with Brazilian artists, increasing the diversity awareness inside the Berklee community. Working in extracurricular scoring projects such as Music Production and Engineering student graduation works and the Rhythm of the Universe project, helped me to develop a strong network with my fellow students, which will be instrumental in the life after college. I am also currently working as a Peer Advisor, job that allows me to lead and help several incoming students, helping them ingress and adapt into the Berklee community.