We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelica Gutierrez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelica, how do you think about risk?
Risk-taking exists within me in the same way it once existed within my ancestors. It beats within the hearts of my parents who came to a new country in hopes of a better tomorrow, in the same way it synchronously beats within my own. Taking risks is all we’ve known and the common theme of all the stories I’ve grown up hearing of so I learned quickly that uncomfortability was my “normal”.
As a first-generation Latina risk lies within my every day survival and my creative expression. In my journey, I learned that being sincere to who I am exists on the same path as risk, and every day I learn to walk beside it.
The story of my ancestors and my family are testimonies that through great risk comes great reward. In conjunction with vulnerability being worth the risk, surrendering being worth the risk, dreaming being worth the risk, and I allow that wisdom to illuminate my path as a creative. Taking risks is a part of who I was, who I am, and who I will be and it is only when I dance courageously hand in hand with risk that I travel closer toward my north star.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a storyteller, and love to do so through avenues of videography and photography. I currently freelance my work through brands/companies ranging in different industries and sizes. Intentional creation and boundary-pushing is the frame I use to guide my work, particularly within short films and concept shoots. Freelancing has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding thing I’ve come to do professionally thus far and has given me a new meaning to what it means to “work” in what you love.
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?
Cafe Gratitude is one of my favorite vegan restaurants to go to for delicious food, amazing coffee and the absolute best service. Flea Markets are a personal favorite, you’re able to get a taste of all the different artists living within LA and also a great place to meet new people. A sunset picnic at the Griffith Observatory is a non-negotiable for me, the view of the city slowly fading to night never fails and is one of the best parts of the 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?
I would like to dedicate my story to my family who has supported and believed in me more relentlessly than I have since I was a little girl, my friends who never fail to remind me of the magic that exists within me, my mentors who have taken the time to listen and share their wisdom (the list goes beyond just those who have guided me personally) and to every stranger I have once shared space with.