We had the good fortune of connecting with Annabel Garcia Torres and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Annabel, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking has been foundational to my current business and my future plans. I think we all get overwhelmed with the potential mistakes we’ll make and we can get bogged down before we get started. I definitely believe in planning, whether it’s publishing your first podcast or starting your business you absolutely have to take the first step. When I started my podcast, it was seemingly a quick decision. I had the concept of sharing Latinx stories but I didn’t know how I would do it. I had just moved to Los Angeles. I only knew a handful of people but I knew I wanted to interview high achieving Latinx. I phoned a friend and asked him if he would let me interview him. Since my friend pool was so small here in Los Angeles I asked him to refer someone. The weekend after our phone call I had recorded two episodes, not my best by the way. I had a big learning curb, from audio style to publishing. It was a little tough at the beginning trying to navigate these new waters. However, I really think my podcast is only getting better. I see my creative endeavors as a reflection of my own growth. I cringe when I listen to the earlier episodes because there are so many little changes I would make now. But perfection doesn’t come from your first try, you have to take the risk because growth and perfection are achieved through trial and error.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
At the root of everything I am a storyteller. I love to share my own and other’s experiences through written and spoken work. Something that really sets me apart is my genuine interest in the people or topics I cover. I’m also very supportive of others, I want others to succeed. When I started helping others launch their own podcasts I was asked a lot why I would make more competition for myself. I always thought that was a strange thought process. I feel very differently about helping others launch podcasts. In order to really be a creator you have to push the door open enough for everyone to get through, not just you. I’m very proud to help others with their own projects. I love hearing other people’s styles and ideas, it’s honestly been the most motivational thing. Professionally, I got here with a lot of help. I am probably the neediest friend anyone can have. I constantly ask friends and family what they think of the projects that I’m doing. I only ask friends and family I trust. I have had lots of people give me unsolicited advice. Sometimes, it’s fantastic unsolicited advice but every once in a while it doesn’t feel right for me. I try to listen to my gut, you’re going to get a lot of people throwing their two cents into your life and decisions. Listen to what feels right and throw away everything that doesn’t fit you. I’ve always said I didn’t listen to my parents when they told me what to do, I’m sure as hell not going to listen to someone I don’t feel right about. Ironically, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to ask trusted friends for advice. I have a really strong friend group I’ve had since college and I know they have my best interest in mind. So I always ask them what they think. I would want people to know that Latinx On The Rise is here as a service to the community. My mission is to uplift the Latinx community. I want us to feel empowered, knowledgeable about our history and I want us to take what belongs to us, space.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
There are plenty of places to shoutout but a nice hike to Dante’s View is great! Then under normal circumstances, I’d hit up The Thirsty Crow, dinner at Beer and Lobster and dancing at La Cita. I also have been missing brunch at Barbrix. There is a lot to cover but those would definitely be on the list!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think there are alot of people I would shout out, definitely Uriel Brito for being my first guest but really every guest I’ve had has helped shape the podcast. Definitely my good friends Serafin Lopez for my logo, as well as, Alicia Valtierra and Ariel Lisette Aguilera for helping me with marketing. Friends save lives!
The photo of me is by Nicole De Anda. The first photo is of an interview with Alegria Magazines, Editor In Chief Davina Ferreira. Second picture is with my husband and co-producer, Sam Eller. Third picture is with writer Stan Zimmerman. He adapted The Anne Frank play to include a full Latinx cast. To his left is Genesis Ochoa, David Gurrola and Tasha Dixon. Fourth is from mediating a panel for LALIFF. Final picture is with my guest Yuri Maldonado an Austim