Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Bruna, 27
Filmmaker and photographer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a Filmmaker and photographer. I love capturing moments and mostly observing what people don't usually show to others. I think photography has the power to see a person for who they really are. And with films I get to tell stories that really matter or are just light pleasures in a way that people pay attention to and love. At the end I'm just a silly girl making up stories, but now there is some theory behind them.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Assistant Producer! It drove me insane having to run around solving problems all day and not having time to sleep or take a proper shower.

Were you born and raised in Rio de Janeiro? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Rio de Janeiro?

I was born and raised in Niterói, a city just a few minutes from Rio, but it has a really small town feeling to it. The change was very good because I finally got out of my small town into a city that was active, fun and creative.

What’s your current hood in Rio de Janeiro and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

A small bedroom in a great place, worst thing is that it's small and the best thing is that it's a place I can decorate myself and make it my own.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I hate nothing and listen to pretty much everything! Right now I am addicted to Raggaeton.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

All of the 2003 emo bands like My Chemical Romance, Simple Plan and Panic at the Disco. Also some Bossa Nova and David Bowie.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Seinfeld, Sex and the City, Buffy, Twin Peaks. They are all very unique in their own way, all these TV shows dared to be outrageous and fun!

Name some spots in Rio de Janeiro that are good for a Tinder date.

I'm not really on Tinder, but I think maybe Parque Lage, Parque dos Patins, a bar in Botafogo or a Museum like MAR.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Taylor Swift

Who’s your hero and where in Rio de Janeiro would you take them out for a serious hang?

Hero is something very hard to choose, but I'd love to take J.K. Rowling to Parque da Ruinas, to see the view and talk about her great twitter account.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Mostly Thrift Shops

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I've no idea, I've never been there.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Taking a pedal boat to the middle of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

Where do you go in Rio de Janeiro for a casual night out?

Voluntarios da Patria street in Botafogo, it has great bars and really cool people.

Where would you go in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate some freaking good news?

Probably Lapa and than see the sun rise in Ipanema.

What’s your choice of transportation in Rio de Janeiro and why?

I really like to take the subway because it is the fastest and easiest way to get around the city, but the bad part is that it doesn't go to a lot of places.

What are the Rio de Janeiro spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Lapa, Christ the Redeemer, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Mureta da Urca, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Saara, Botanical Garden, Escadaria Selaron.

What are the Rio de Janeiro spots tourists should run from screaming?

The Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer are always very crowded and the food there is very expensive, it can be annoying but the view is beautiful!

Tomorrow’s your last day in Rio de Janeiro. How do you spend it?

Spend the day in Parque Lage then drinks at Lapa

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

London, there is always some weird and amazing thing to do there

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