We had the good fortune of connecting with Ana Vergara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ana, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk has played a huge part in my career. If I didn’t take any risks, I wouldn’t be doing what I do now. I remember having an 8-5 county job working as a supervisor. It was very secure, yet I took the risk to quit and live my dreams. It wasn’t easy, but looking back, I still wouldn’t change a thing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m known for doing radio, However I’ve been doing hair & makeup longer than I’ve been in the entertainment industry. I’ve always had a passion for drawing and painting. When I was in high school, I received 5 scholarships and 1 full scholarship to the Art Institute of Los Angeles. As I attained more knowledge for my artistry, I discovered another form of art, Makeup and hair. I started off doing make up and hair for friends and family and they would refer my work to more clientele. Slowly, I began building a small business that started to pick up rather quickly. However, Working my 8-5 I was extremely busy and couldn’t do the requests that were coming in all by myself. Instead of cancelling bookings or turning away potential clients, I created a glam team called “Classic Glamour Dolls (CGD). Classic Glamour Dolls was the start of a big chapter in my book that taught me a lot about the industry and a lot about myself. During the peak of CGD, I suffered a death that lead me down a twisted spiral. Not only did I have a hard time grieving, I also had a hard time coming out a very dark place. CGD suffered as well, the team eventually parted ways as did my radio show I had at the time. I felt like I had hit rock bottom, but I had to do the only thing I knew how, I had to survive. I joined a show called “Every Way Woman” as their Latina host. I was able to inspire others through my story and in return, it slowly help mend some of the broken pieces I lost along the way. I also joined Repo Radio on KDUC 94.3FM, where I’m able to be around kind hearted humans that are always making me laugh. In 2017 along with my sister Linette, created a long awaited Cosmetic line called “Glama Queens”. It was always a dream of mine to own a cosmetic line, What better person could I have shared that dream with, than with that one person whom has always been there, going through everything I went through. She helped give my dream a vision and a life, the same one I remember having when I was just a young teen. In 2018 I married my best friend, together we inspire each other to become better in business, careers, and life. He has been my light through this crazy life. As I sit here now, I think of all the risks I’ve taken throughout the years. I’ve created many small business ventures here and there. Many failed and only a few succeeded. I’ve never let fear stop me. I always take the dive head first. Through my failures, I learned to become a little more humble each time, to appreciate all the success I have struggled for and earned. Having a handful of family and friends that truly believe in you is a blessing that you do not want to take for granted. Make sure you appreciate them as well. There’s so much more I want to do and I’m currently working on something that will be announced soon, thanks to my team at JMA PR. I would love for whomever is reading my story to never give up and know that when life happens, it’s okay. It’s ok to be human. Take a deep breath and get back up. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Most importantly, ALWAYS remain humble.
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.
The Hollywood hills for sure. It’s beautiful up there. Visiting the beaches are a must. The Observatory where you can see the stars is my absolute favorite.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
All of my followers that have always supported me throughout my career. They cheer me on through social media and purchase from my businesses. JMA PR, they saw something in me to take a chance on. Julian Barrios I’ve known for practically my whole life. He was the one that branded me and knew what I would become early on. My mother for sacrificing her entire life to make sure I was never missing anything, for being super woman and showing me I can do it all no matter what anyone says, and for showing me how to get back up after hitting rock bottom. My sister Linette, for being there when I needed a shoulder to cry on, for believing in me when no one did, and always pushing me to live my dreams when I wanted to give up.
Jason Holmes www.retrodolls.com