We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrian Quiroz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adrian, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe the most important factor behind my success would be the hardships that I overcame during my upbringing. Coming from a low-income family that often struggled financially, I have firsthand seen the work my parents put in to raise us and keep our family afloat. After dedicating my life to academics to try to relieve my family from financial struggles, and receiving a full-ride scholarship to The University of San Francisco, I became a show cheerleader for the USF Spirit Squad my freshman year. At this moment in time I knew that my life would shift and that my hard work had finally paid off, because I had gotten exactly what I had hoped for growing up, and more. If it weren’t for wanting to help my own family as well as my future family avoid those hardships, then I probably wouldn’t have dedicated myself so strongly. However, through that I understood the true power of dedication and perseverance.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I believe what sets me apart from other creatives that has helped me immensely get to where I am today is probably the fact that I LOVE learning and working in a team. I love starting and executing new projects with a group of people who are actually passionate about what it is that we are creating/producing. Working with others vs working on things alone is amazing because you get to see others demonstrate their skills/talents and also get the opportunity to learn and grow. Which can often inspire me to do more.

Another thing that has worked for me is learning how to say no. Saying no to things I know I don’t find fulfilling. Saying no to having your own dreams/goals jeopardized for the sake of falling in line with somebody else’s. Understanding that you are in control of your own journey and that you have every right to be selfish with your dreams. My dream began with wanting to be a professional dancer, but down the road I realized that there were so many things that I wanted to be and wanted to do. Since then I have been apart of countless projects for either dancing, modeling, choreographing, performing, coordinating, etc.

Finding fulfillment in what I do and trusting myself to steer away from what I know does not align with the future that I want, has led me this far.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Whenever my friends do come in to town they already know that my go to for adventure is finding new places to eat. Korea Town has amazing food and so many little spots to try out. I’ll never miss an opportunity to grab a Korean Corn Dog at the California Market Place! When it comes to location, the Venice Canals is a great spot I tend to explore to get beautiful pictures or simply enjoy a nice walk and take in the scenery.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Mathilde Veje (Instagram: @mathilde.veje) She is a professional dancer that left her home country to train and pursue her dreams, and has already done incredible things. Her energy and dedication has impacted me greatly as a dancer and as a person!

Instagram: @GlazedAdrian

Image Credits
Ted Sun (photographer), Gillian Santago (model, grey), Mufti (model, gold),

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