We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Zaragoza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I think some of the habits that I feel helps me succeed is a solid sleep routine.
There were times where I would stay up 20+ hours and crash the following days. Though it helped to get a lot done, I was not at my best and hit some exhaustion points. After changing that and making some healthy cornerstone habits, I’ve been at my best.
Being a dual job holder and master’s level graduate student can be daunting, however, I find success in these domains each time I have a restful period. I’m a big believer in successful routines and eating habits. In addition to heavy self care such as reading, leisure time, and converting all my passions into streams of income, I enjoy the grind so much more. If someone told me that I could get paid to help people and create at the same time, I would have kicked it into higher gear and develop these habits much earlier though I’m very grateful that I have them at the age that I am now.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Art. I want to say that my expressions within this realm is purely subjective. I’m a big fan of Salvador Dali and how he mastered the internal world and externalized it through his paintings. I tend to model the same spirit in a way that is true to me. Lately, it’s been digital and capturing movement and flow within this space. Of course, NFT is the wave and I feel like when I’m ready to enter that space then I can unlock all the gems I have tucked away.
I literally have hundreds of creations on the vault.
I think that’s where my edge comes from. Having a strong foundational experience in multiple fields such as education, entertainment, culinary arts, and the helping professions, I feel that all these manifest themselves in my personal brand. My personal art. The Personal Paradigm. Within this space and my subjective world, I try to externalize it in a way that makes sense to me. Yes, there’s clinical jargon sprinkled in the mix. What better way is there to enhance the public’s awareness of mental health than through art? I’m a big fan in disruption and development. I’m a big fan in the power of the word.
On the same token, I think that’s where my challenges lie. Finding the balance. Is the world ready for what I have to deliver? Honestly, I’d rather have more eyes watching for when that time comes. I mean, I’m still in grad school and have yet to reach my peak. I plan to have plenty more to accomplish other than getting my Master’s Degree (and maybe Doctorate), publishing my second book, and continuing to help others.
I think there’s still much to learn and appreciate. I think the world may want to know who Andrew Joseph Zaragoza Jr. holistically is.
I’m just as eager to know about myself too.
Until then, I’ll keep learning.
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.
Yo if my best friend came back, I’d want to show them the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles. it’s my stomping grounds. Shoutout to Downtown Artwalk for giving me the foundations of the art business. I’d show my best friend where I walked the streets as a 19-year-old in the same suit and tie for hours on end.
I’d show them The Last Bookstore where I’d get at least 2 books a month after the Art Walk ended or when I was done with interning. I’d also bring awareness to our peoples who are displaced and having challenges with houselessness continue the discussion of how we can alleviate the suffering. I’m all about trying to find solutions. Something about Los Angeles, man.
Charles Bukowski would be someone I’d tell my best friend about and how much he inspired me to write and let it out. I’d show them his books. I’d show them his favorite drinks or just toast to him at The Love Song Bar by The Regent Theater. You might just catch me a few drinks in living my life and calling my ex after. Who knows, each of us has our own story in this beautiful city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Well there’s a significant list of those that lifted me into the space that I’m at and hope to expand in different areas. I think most importantly was my sister, Sabrina (@SabrinaDoesMyLashes), who is an LA native and expanded to Arizona and began her own lash servicing agency. She’s inspired me so much by giving me a shot at my very first logo design years back and supported me from the get-go. I’m so happy for her venture and entrepreneurial spirit while still going to school, becoming a mother, and nurturing her beautiful family.
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