MY first job was as an executive producer of a film company which I set up with some friends after university in the 1960s. Although I was a law graduate, I thought working in films would be interesting, so we created the company. There I was, having graduated from Valencia University and I was managing director of Filmco in Madrid. Apart from overseeing the company, my main role as executive film producer was raising funds. That meant I had a say in everything, from finding the right actors to choosing scripts. It involved dealing with writers, actors, bankers, even film censors. It was tough because it was so risky: if the film did not do well, or we fell behind schedule, I would have to answer to the backers. It was hard raising funds in Europe. We always got the money, but as soon as the film was finished you had to start again. They say film producing is the most difficult task in the industry but one which enjoys the least praise: I think that is true, the hardest part is the money, the rest follows. I don't think the film business is at all glamorous as there is great pressure from many people who depend on you to finish in a short time. It was hard but the pressure stood me in good stead, it taught me how to cope with adversity. As the general manager, I had to first find out if the film proposal was commercially viable. Then we had to get a director we could afford. The same went for actors. Hiring a hard-working crew that worked well together was also difficult. A good team was very important as any delay cost money. If the film trade taught me anything it was people must work as a team. Within a business or group there is no room for quarrelling or someone not pulling their weight. The film trade also taught me how important imagination is. We needed a great deal of imagination to raise cash and dreamed up all sorts of ways. I did this for five to six years and although it was good fun, it was hard to live a normal life. It made me think about getting a steadier job to support my family. I think that is why I am a civil servant: it is an attractive profession and is prestigious in Spain. When the change came along, I took it: I have no regrets. I say to young people: 'When you have a chance to do something you want then take it, because it may not come round again'. I took my chances and they worked out fine.