We had the good fortune of connecting with Andie Sandoval and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andie, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
My favorite book of all time is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. What I love about this book is that every time I read it I learn something new about it and myself. The story really resonates with me as it’s about a shepherd and his journey to the pyramids of Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding a treasure there. If you think about it, it’s basically what we go through in life. So when I dive deep into is it basically feels as if the Universe is reminding me that it’s all about the journey of becoming what real treasure is. And as cliche as it may sound it really grounds me to remember to be present and savor every teaching each chapter life offers to me as it unfolds. The funniest thing about a dreamer is finding out that the dream is not something you achieve but something you live everyday. I am living my dream, everyday, that’s why I love this book so much.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I honestly don’t think any career path is easy but I do think that every challenge we face is put there to make us stronger and to teach us about ourselves, to build our character, humbling and grounding us. I’m very proud of a lot of things in my life, particularly professionally, that my work as a songwriter was recently nominated for the 2021 Grammy Awards. I think the most valuable lessons I’ve learned along the way are to always remember my why, to stay true to myself, to be patient, to be open and to trust and enjoy the process of becoming. Also to remain grateful for every fall and success, for my friends and family. Life and a career are not about getting somewhere but for the most part, about the person you become while getting there, just like in “The Alchemist”. Also, I’m very proud of the music I’m creating lately, cause I learned that telling stories is a gift to be shared with the world. I truly want the world to remember me and my brand as proof of the fact that we are powerful beings that are in charge of our own realities and that kindness is a superpower.
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.
I really love Los Angeles and my favorite itinerary to take a friend/family member would be to start the day by going on a hike at “Runyon” or “Griffith Park”, there’s something so mystical about going on a hike with someone that helps you bond and connect on another level. Then we would go and get some lunch at “Cafe Gratitude” cause sharing food with someone you love is a ritual to me, the connection it creates is priceless and the concept of this place revolves around being grateful for our food and all the process that goes into getting it on your plate. After we would drive to Venice Beach to walk it out and bike around, maybe even get some yummy ice cream at “Van Leeuwen”. Drive back to the city and have dinner at “Gracias Madre” to dance it out at “La Descarga” to amazing live salsa music. I’ve met amazing friends by chance at “Sofitel” so I would also recommend to go there on a Friday night.