We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Aguilar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
There are so many that I love, but one in particular helped change my life in a somewhat unconventional way. I once read, “Your subconscious mind is 30,000 times more powerful than your conscious mind,” and it made me realize how important tapping into your subconscious is. Since it completely takes over when one is asleep, I decided to keep a dream journal and learned how to become conscious while asleep (lucid dream). I believe it has helped me manifest so many amazing things over the years, and I’m grateful for the dreams that let me know I’m on the right path – especially when circumstances seem bleak. Our society undervalues sleep and dreams, but I wish more people knew that there is so much power in them.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m currently self-employed and the host of a DASH Radio show with my friends called Overly Conversated. Though we’re on hiatus due to the pandemic, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to work on Snoop’s INDOGGO social media campaign as a copywriter, act as an artist liaison for Grand Performances and write artist biographies. Another group of friends and I were also throwing monthly parties dedicated to 2000s Hip Hop called The Drop, so my experience at Grand Performances has been extremely beneficial. My mentor there used to help throw my favorite Hip Hop day party called The Do Over, and it’s been an honor to learn from him.
As a huge music fan, it’s been a very rewarding and unbelievable journey. I started out creating a fan website on Eminem when I was 15 and garnered media attention from publications like the LA Times and The Today Show. It led me to a PR internship at Interscope Records thanks to Em’s publicist who also eventually helped me meet him. It’s still so crazy to me that my dream came true so early in life! Since then I have written for various outlets including HipHopDX and Only Hip Hop Facts and worked in Digital Marketing for Diddy’s REVOLT TV.
Over the years, some of my roles were very demanding, and it was tough to maintain a work/life balance, but I’m very grateful and humbled to now work for myself and have a more flexible schedule. Overall, I believe that working in various areas of the industry has allowed me to stand out and obtain an abundance of knowledge and opportunities. Along the way, I have learned that hard work and patience always pay off. Also, you have to put yourself out there so that people know who you are and reach out to you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wow, this question is making me miss all of my old spots! Some places to visit would include: Amoeba Records, Rancho Palos Verdes, The Getty, Fairfax/The Grove/Melrose, The Last Bookstore, The Broad, Descanso Gardens, Griffith Observatory, Abbot Kinney and LACMA. As far as restaurants, I’d like to take them to: Paradise Cove in Malibu, Little Japan or Little Tokyo for ramen/sushi, Roscoe’s, Guisados, Mama Shelter, Connie and Ted’s, Gelateria Uli and Salt and Straw. If we’re stepping out for nightlife, we could check out: Apt 503, Bar 82, Ace Hotel, Blind Barber and The Dime. And if they still had energy (lol), I would also love to hit up some concerts at: Hollywood Bowl, The Palladium, El Rey, Teragram Ballroom and The Echo.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d definitely like to shout out my parents and sister who have supported my vision from day one. I know that some parents view jobs in the music industry as worthless, but they have always let me live my truth and remain genuinely interested in my passions. It’s really cool that they have always been open to hear about the music, artwork and movies that I love. I feel like that’s a very rare thing, and I don’t take that for granted. My sister encourages me to be my best and has always rooted for me whether I was writing, interviewing artists or doing pop-up shops. I can’t even count the number of people she has invited to come out to my events. It’s very special to have a family that I can lean on – especially when I feel discouraged or unsure of myself. I’m also very grateful to all of my friends who inspire me to be greater, truly wish me the best and support my endeavors no matter what. They’re the absolute best.