Limitless potential: Lucía Asué Mbomio Rubio
I used to literally devour every book that passed through my hands when I was a kid
However, as Lucia underscores, good grades aren’t enough. You must also be ready to gain experience, work for free, overcome your shyness and your fears, invest in personal projects, and face different challenges every day. The journalism landscape has become particularly difficult today, given that in Spain many people become journalists in Spain without any previous academic training.
Television is its own world. It can appear superficial but, behind the cameras, you really come to understand developments in the world around us, and learn from the people you interview
The best journalist is not the one that asks the best questions, but the one that best connects with their interviewees
“The best journalist is not the one that asks the best questions, but the one that best connects with their interviewees”, Lucia says, noting that the most essential thing is to leave your ego at home, to remain humble, and to not let yourself be manipulated.
As a mixed race woman, Lucia says that her socio-cultural background and race have profoundly marked her career – but this has not prevented her from finding a job, highlighting that since she started her professional career, she has never struggled to be in employment. Nevertheless, Lucia stresses that Spain today does not possess much cultural diversity compared to other countries. As a result, Caucasian Spaniards are better represented and often have things easier. She also points out that there are very few black journalism students, which may explain the low levels of representation of black people in that sector.
I liked what I was doing so much and believed that could be useful, that it was worth it
Lucia is particularly satisfied by a 2007 documentary she worked on, spotlighting the largest illegal settlement in Europe today in the Cañada Real in Madrid. Throughout the filming process, she remained convinced the documentary could be useful. This was a powerful motivating force. Lucia felt particular satisfaction when in 2015 – eight years after completing the documentary on the Cañada Real – the University of Pennsylvania requested a copy to complete a research project. Their request was a form of external validation that all the time and effort she had invested in the documentary had, in fact, been worth it.
Despite all she’s achieved, Lucia has misgivings about using the word “success” to describe her own journey. We typically regard “success” as a triumph, or to be synonymous for “making it big.” But for Lucia, success is exemplified by your ability to be and do what you want; to achieve the goals that you set yourself; and to be flexible in the face of disappointments by always having a Plan B in mind.
Lucia recognizes that she has had to be selfless to attain her goals, working day and night without rest on several occasions. However, she underscores that working hard is just one part of this journey; it is also accepting the responsibility to study, to train, and to continuously fight to meet your goals. You can never reach the prize without constant effort. On that note, Lucia leaves us with the following message: