Miguel Rosero: "My entry into the professional world of cinema was a great coincidence".

Miguel Rosero: “Mi ingreso al mundo profesional del cine fue una gran casualidad”.

Miguel Rosero is an Ecuadorian citizen who with his passion for graphic design is conquering and making his name in the entertainment industry of the United States. At 18 years old practically when he was just finishing high school he decided to leave his beloved Guayaquil to settle in California where he lives since 1994.

Efficiency, effort and perseverance are the motors that move the life of this artist that is projected some day to be part of a great film project and for which he has already paid for the land. His work is already printed in more than 30 productions of leading firms, some of them: National Geographic, CMT, Amazon Studios  and History Channel.

Opening a space within the most powerful entertainment industry in the world is not an easy task, but Miguel Rosero is doing his thing. Working with dedication and much professionalism and as the good says: "without haste, but without pause".

By: Germán Posada

GP: What led you to immigrate to the United States?

MR: I studied secondary school at the prestigious Liceo Naval school in Guayaquil. My aspirations were placed in the Naval High School to be an officer of the navy, but a problem in my neck prevented me, which forced me to rethink my future objectives. Traveling to the United States, gave me other perspectives of the world and as well as other professional objectives to explore.

GP: Apparently he did studies in Systems and worked as a Programmer, but he did not continue in this area. Why?

MR: The Systems Engineering career interested me and I liked to create programs and explore their possibilities. I worked as a programmer for some time, but I was far from my passion for the arts. I did not feel completely satisfied.

GP: Why were you interested in Graphic Design?

MR: I always maintained my connection with the arts through graphic design. Hobbie that allowed me to continue creating some art, but not professionally. I am largely self-taught. But I studied graphic design at Glendale Community College and art studies for entertainment and film at the UCLA Extension .

GP: How did you start your experience with graphic design in the entertainment industry?

MR: My entry into the professional world of cinema was a great coincidence. Through a great friend and mentor, Carlos Osorio , art director of the well-known series 24 for the chain 21 Century Fox . Carlos encouraged me to continue in the design after working with him in small independent films and recognize my talent.

GP: What exactly do you do as a graphic designer in this industry?

MR: My creative projects include the design of posters for cinema, animated graphics, graphics for commercials, website development, graphic design for production, postproduction, costumes, props. To give you an example, if we need to shoot a scene from a police station, I have to create everything we could find in it, posters of fugitives, stationery, signage, logos, art, animations, etc. Everything visual. That's why I collaborate with several art departments. Costumes, decoration, ambience and props.

GP: What is your most recent collaboration?

MR: I've just finished two period projects: Siempre Bruja , which can be watched Netflix , and an epic biography about the famous Colombian bullfighter, Pepe Cáceres .

GP: How many projects have you collaborated on?

MR: In my professional career, I have participated in more than 33 projects, among which I can highlight the National Geographic series , American Genius , NASCAR: The Rise of American Speed , produced by the CMT network , Roman Empire - Reign of Blood for Netflix , The Belko Experiment , produced by James Gunn, American Playboy - The Hugh Hefner Story , for Amazon Studios , Kingpin produced by History Channel . It is interesting to think that they are already more than 33.

GP: He worked at American Playboy and he met Hugh Hefner. How do you remember it?

MR: It was very brief since I was doing field research in the archives of the Playboy Mansion. But I could learn things from his life, which very few people know. A real privilege. Pictures of his childhood, the foundation of the magazine, among other things. He was a visionary and a tireless worker. Always in search of excellence.

GP: Of your collaborations which of them has seemed complicated or difficult to carry out?

MR: Actually, each project brings its own challenges. I could not say that one has been more complicated than the other. As designers, our job is to solve problems and find the best way to conquer challenges. If I think it is complicated, it becomes complicated. I always try to maintain a positive mentality and open to changes. When things get a little complicated, I think: I've been at this crossroads before ... I did it in the past, I can do it again!

GP: And some special one where he felt very satisfied with his work?

MR: Yes! American Playboy was very satisfying. I already received good comments about my work from close collaborators of Hugh Hefner . Seeing my designs of the time, they commented: "Without being the true design boards used in 1953, they are as close to the real thing."

"As designers, our job is to solve problems and find the best way to conquer challenges." 

Miguel Rosero
visiting the playboy mansion. Personal Archive Forum.

GP: What do you recommend or suggest to those who also want to venture like you as graphic designers in this industry?

MR: Efficiency, effort, perseverance and great commitment! It is not an easy industry. If someone wants to work in this environment, they must dedicate themselves to 1000%, sometimes sacrificing a lot personally. You must know your tools 100% and never stop learning something new in order to stay relevant in the industry. Many new talents arise day by day, but commitment and hard work is what sets you apart. That's why they still trust in our work.

GP: How immigrant have you ever felt intimidated in an industry as powerful as the one in the United States?

MR: I've never been intimidated by the industry. If anything, the natural fear that anyone has when starting a new job. But knowing that one wants and is capable of conquering challenges, motivates me to leave fear behind and keep growing with a firm step. As I always say: "No hurry, but no pause."

GP: What do you consider has been your success in this industry?

MR: Efficiency, effort, perseverance and great commitment!

GP: Any special project you want to work on?

MR: I would like to work in a very large production in Hollywood. The caliber of movies Universal Studios, Paramount, Disney, Warner Bros . I am sure that my opportunity will come if I maintain the same attitude and commitment in my career.

GP: What projects are coming?

MR: In the next few days I will start a horror and suspense film. A commercial for a hospital and a music video.  I would like to give you more details, but my contracts prevent me from talking about the projects until they are released.

GP: Is your experience already recognized in your own country?

MR: A little. They did two interviews for local newspapers. The Telegraph and El Mercurio of Ecuador. Little by little I am opening that field. The truth is that I would like to return to Ecuador for seasons, and share my knowledge with local talents. Inspire others to reach high. To not stop dreaming and believe that it is possible.

GP: How do you describe the presence or prominence of Latin talent in the entertainment industry in the USA?

MR: The presence of Latin talent in the entertainment industry has been growing during the last years and we have seen Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón, Vinicio del Toro and Demián Bichir, talented directors and Hispanic actors, have been awarded by their works. However, we still have a long way to go to have a solid presence in Hollywood. We have not seen many Latinos in high executive positions in the industry. However, we must continue to prepare, striving to achieve these goals. We have to earn these recognitions, with commitment and commitment of a job well done. Nothing comes easy and only excellence in everything we do will lead us to close this gap and the lack of Latin talent in the industry.

"I always try to maintain a positive mentality and open to changes."

Miguel Rosero accompanied by Ivonne Guzman, Consul General of Ecuador in Los Angeles, and Vice-Consul Xavier Huayamave. Photo:
Eddie Sakaki
German A. Posada E.

Germán Posada  is a native of the city of Medellín (Antioquia). He studied Voiceover for Radio and Television at the  Metropolitan Institute of Education (IME).
In Medellín he collaborated in the  Buenos Días Antioquia program  broadcast by the Cadena  Colmundo Radio  and participated in the animation and programming of the Mirador Comunitario program   through  the Radial System K ( Armony Records ).  Both under the leadership and direction of the journalist Carlos Ariel Ariel Espejo Marín (qepd).
Since 2001, he has resided in the city of Montreal where he has participated in the conducting and conducting of the radio programs   Escuchando América Latina (CKUT 90.3 fm ), Onda Latina  (CFMB 1280 a.m.) and  La Cantina  (CFMB 1280). 

German Posada