Diving into the Story of Front-end Engineer Eva López
A multi-talented Front-end Engineer at Soamee, Eva has already founded her own company and produced a globally distributed documentary series. She absolutely loves diving and has travelled to many parts of the world to pursue this passion. Let’s learn a little more about what makes Eva tick...
What is your role at Soamee?
I’m a Front-end Engineer and I mainly spend my day developing the webs or the apps for the clients. It’s really beautiful to see how a project takes form from the concept and, little by little, evolves into something tangible and useful for the client.
What do you find to be the most exciting aspect of Soamee?
I’ve always liked the startup environment, getting to know the people you work for and seeing the project grow.
At Soamee, I’ve found both. As we are quite a small team, we have direct contact with the rest of the company on almost a daily basis and experience first hand how it is growing steadily.
I’m always looking forward to the next meeting to know what’s coming up on the radar and what new challenges we will face as a team.
Eva keeping herself busy during home office
What are 3 words to describe Soamee?
Challenge, growth, and team.
At Soamee, I feel that I face a new challenge every day which makes it much more interesting. The hours fly by and I never get bored of my job.
Since I started working at the company, not only do I feel that I have grown a lot as a professional, every day I see the company improve: more clients, better logistics, new strategies and tools… but always keeping steady and carefully planned.
The first feeling I had when I arrived at Soamee was that it was a team, and I wasn’t wrong. There is always someone to give you a hand and help.
Top 3 life highlights
I founded my own company when I was under 30. Sadly, it didn't work out, but lasted more than three years and was an amazing experience. I grew a lot as a person and a professional, met amazing people who I still keep in touch with, and learned about business and life.
My second highlight is producing a 13-episode documentary series about diving called “Top Dive Sites” and which highlighted some of the most beautiful places to dive around the world.
We sold distribution rights to a British company that took it to the most remote countries. It was even broadcast on public television in Japan and South Africa, Al Jazeera bought it for the Middle East, and it was seen in lots of countries in Europe.
My last life highlight would be living abroad. I’ve been able to live and work in foreign countries a couple of times, but the longest period was 2 years in Brighton, a small seaside town in the south of the UK.
Living abroad can be quite hard and scary at first, but you learn so many things that you can’t any other way. I feel everyone should experience it at least once in their lifetime.
Do you have any hobbies, go-to weekend activities, or long-term passion projects you’re working on?
I love learning and doing things and therefore I have many hobbies. I can say I’m never bored!
The most ordinary one is reading. My mother says I learnt to read in a week; I don’t believe that’s possible, but love the idea. What I know for sure is that the first profession I wanted to be was a librarian: they had all the books in the world available to them!
The most exciting one is diving. It raises your adrenaline levels and at the same time gives you the most peaceful feelings. It’s amazing what you can find under the water. And it’s the best excuse to travel to remote and exotic islands.
Between these two, you can find me taking photos of everything, watching movies and series (all of them), listening to music, painting, or doing something with my hands since I love to create stuff!
How do you balance your career at Soamee with friends & family?
Balancing career and family life is one of the hardest issues for me these days. What I try to do is to find my priority in each moment (because priorities can and will change) and be honest with both myself and others.
For me, the most important part is not to blame myself when I cannot do everything. Time is limited and you must choose where to spend it.
Sometimes, what makes you happy is finishing this project you’ve been working on for months and is so near to finishing, but at other times can just be having an ice-cream with my boyfriend, or meeting my family and friends.
Eva having an underwater adventure
What is your favourite line from a movie?
“Together we will live forever” (The Fountain - Darren Aronofsky).
What is the best vacation you’ve been to?
When I travel, I like to plan everything in advance, as I find it an important part of the joy of travelling. Some years ago, I had the chance to set up and enjoy a 22-day journey around Japan.
We visited lots of places, slept in the high skyscrapers in Tokyo and in a capsule hotel, stayed for a night in the sacred Island of Miyajima, had a bath in some onsens (hot springs), played in the arcades, and tried all the food we were able to. It was such an adventure!
Nature always brings joy to Eva!
If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
I’ve always loved space, but at the same time am super scared to be in outer space (and having to land again on the Earth). So, if I could be someone else just for one day, I would love to be an astronaut in space.
That way I would be able to enjoy all the magnificence and the fun of being in a spaceship, but be certain that the following day I would wake up safe in my bed. I would take tons of pictures, touch every button and play in 0 gravity the whole day.
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