We had the good fortune of connecting with Eddie Aguirre and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Eddie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
There came a point in my 20’s, after countless rejections at the beginning of my graphic design career, that I realized I needed to start creating my own opportunities rather than waiting for someone else to define my professional worth.

Using my design skills, I made the jump into podcasting in 2015/2016 (after being influenced by my consumption of podcasts) to give me a sense of direction and clarity on the world and my community.

Creating the podcast gave me the opportunity to create a platform where one can express themselves and showcase their own skills and craft; while allowing me to grow as a designer and learning the ins and out of maintaining a brand. The rest speaks for itself.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Nothing is ever easy, at least that’s how the saying goes right? We read that all the time but we still like to believe results are immediate, and who can blame us when we are conditioned to have everything at our fingerprints.

We have to give ourselves credit when it’s due. If you know your work speaks for itself, hone it.

If no one wants to give you the space or time, go make your own space and time. We live in the era of the internet!

If the drive, the passion and the yearning to take and develop your craft is scratching to get out, make the first step happen.

That is what drove the creation of the Social Primate Podcast, giving those who are looking the opportunity to be heard.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Sunken City in San Pedro, one of the coolest and unique places to catch a sunset and get a terrific view of the ocean. The location suffered a landslide back in the late 20’s and since then it has evolved into an urban, trippy “post-apocalyptic” style ruin. It’s not the easiest place to access so wear comfy clothes and shoes! (you also got the Korean Bell of Friendship around the corner)

If you have the time to make a drive, I always recommend Joshua Tree! Arrive there at night and prepare to see the sky full of stars and possibly even the Milky Way. A good place to camp out and spend the night with friends.

As you make yourself back into the city, stop by Modern Shaman in Whittier for some crazy delicious vegan food!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, one of the best things about continuing to do this show is the variety of influential people I come across every week. That in itself gives me the opportunity to continue growing and challenging my preconceived notions of what it means to be human.

However, if I had to select a specific person and one of the first to come to mind is Paulino Fontes, an old high school teacher and mentor.

After graduation and throughout my time in college, he was an individual that pushed the idea of self-awareness and integrity and stimulated a hunger for knowledge; something that has stuck and resonated with me over the past decade.

And of course, how can I talk about podcast influences without mentioning Joe Rogan and the voices he’s brought on. Regardless of how you feel about him there’s no denying that he’s had a huge impact on what it means to bring real conversations to the forefront and allow us to question what we think we may know.

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Image Credits
Elmer Argueta (Main Image) @elmerdargueta

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