We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea White Marinas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, how do you think about risk?
I think you have to believe beyond doubt in the value of what you do and your ability to do it well. There’s a certain thrill of forging your own path and owning it. Sometimes you fall, but along the way your calling becomes clearer. I always knew I wanted my own Pilates studio and envisioned what it would look like and the experience I wanted to create for clients. It took several years, but eventually the pieces came together and here we are! My advice to anyone really wanting a career dream to come true is to be very specific about what it would look like, and keep taking small steps to get closer.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been teaching Pilates since 2008, and studied dance and performed professionally for years before that. I fell into Pilates as a way to pay the bills while pursuing acting, and realized how much I loved the work. That was a turning point that made me decide I really wanted to teach Pilates full-time and I never looked back. As a Pilates instructor, I think my lifetime of studying dance has an enormous influence on my teaching. While doing Pilates exercises, the most subtle adjustments can make a huge difference in the way a muscle fires and a client connects to the movement. For me, one of the most powerful things about my profession is seeing the changes in clients not only physically, but how the work of Pilates makes them feel better on an emotional level. I am proud of the community we have built in our studio and how even virtually there is a feeling of family when people log on.
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?
First off, full disclaimer; I’m a mom, so I don’t explore LA as much as I’d love to, but these are a few of my top picks… A drive on the PCH up to Malibu is a must as the coastline is so beautiful. I like Moonshadows for their outdoor deck and cocktails. My best friend and I love to hit the Franklin Reservoir for a hike. I love the vibrant feel and creative pulse of Melrose Ave in West Hollywood. Drinks and dinner at the Sunset Tower on the Strip is one of my favorite old Hollywood haunts for great people watching, views and cocktails. Finally, a visit to the Getty is fantastic for the architecture, art of course and 360 views of the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a lot of people along the way who have inspired me, but the number one person who has influenced my life the most is my mother, Carolyn White. She is a retired piano teacher who has always been extremely involved in her community (in Madison, Wisconsin) and is a well respected leader. Beyond her own accomplishments, she was been extremely supportive towards my career and opening my own studio.
Kate Haus Photography (all photos except for outdoor/masked client shot on my iPhone recently)