Josep Parera’s short bio is easy to tell: his love for movies opened the door for his love for writing. And then… a move to the United States.
But the long version is a bit different: Josep Parera was born in Barcelona. One of his first childhood memories is always seeing newspapers at home. And books everywhere.
Then going to the movies became a weekly event. He still remembers seeing “Midway” in a movie theater with Sensurround sound and being afraid by the size of the speakers. Or replying “I don’t want to go” to his dad’s offer to see “Jaws” on the big screen, a decision he still regrets.
But soon enough, he started to see the movies that defined him: “Star Wars”, “Superman”, James Bond, Disney, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”…
His passion for Hollywood movies became the perfect excuse to discover movies from other places and find new interests. The main one: writing. From short stories to movie reviews… that he refuses to read again, but he still keeps.
During the 80s he never thought that, only a decade later, he would have the chance to be part of a world that combined movies and writing: through a radio show, “La Claqueta”, by Pepe Nieves, or co-writing a book collection about movies along with Edmond Orts, or being part of the editorial team behind “Imágenes de Actualidad”, a movie magazine supervised by Enric Aragonés.
But California kept calling.
In 1996 he decided to give it a chance. When he arrived to Los Angeles he realized it was the perfect city: the energy, youth and freedom of a town that keeps the doors opened to all kinds of opportunities, to a future always surprising, and never predictable.
It’s been almost ten years at “La Opinión”, writing about entertainment in the entertainment capital of the world, thanks to people that trusted him, like Antonio Mejías-Rentas or Mónica Lozano.
What else could wish that kid that grew up surrounded by newspapers, books and movies?