We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabrielle Gutierrez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabrielle, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Many of us grow up with this mentality that taking breaks equals laziness. We’re conditioned to keep going, keep burning the candle at both ends until we reach some terrific, usually unobtainable, goal. My life started to be more successful when I started to value rest as much as busyness. It is not selfish to put your comfort above productivity. It may seem counterproductive but you actually get more done when you learn to take a moment to pause. Before I do anything at the start of each day, I take some time to just be. I make myself tea and relax. Before the hectic day, I breathe and rest. Then I feel ready to tackle my goals and errands. I used to think I had to have a check list of habits before I could be successful: I needed to wake up early, exercise, eat breakfast, make to-do lists, put on make-up… when it turns out only one habit mattered- the habit of rest.
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.
I’m multi-passionate. I’m not just one thing. And that multi-faceted energy has gotten me where I am today. I’m an actor and that profession has always lended itself to working day jobs. For eight years I supplemented my education and career by serving tables. I did it because I needed money and that’s what I es told I needed to do. One day I reached my limits- I was depressed, anxious, not getting any sleep, and overworked. So I made a decision and quit my day job. It was beyond scary. I had no money or fall back. For three months I was making no money but devoting all my time and energy to auditioning, the end was a monumental pay off, I got my first contract professional job as a performer. Once I stopped doing things just to get by, everything changed. Even now with the pandemic I was tempted to work a job just to get by. It’s a privilege to even have that choice, I recognize, but I’m so glad I was able to keep choosing my passions. I worked two drive-thru performing jobs and supported myself by offering online yoga and energy healing sessions. I continue to choose to do things that bring me joy, most recently I was offered a commission with the city of Santa Ana where believe it or not all my years of working in the restaurant industry is turning out to come in handy!
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?
I’d start the day by going to this little secluded beach that’s close by. It has some breathtaking views and is hidden away in an alcove. Then I’d take them to downtown Santa Ana to fill our bellies with terrific food. There’s Gus’ Fried Chicken, The Den, Husky’s… there’s so many great, local places to eat. Now that things are opening up we’re starting to see some events at The Frida Cinema that I would add to the itinerary. 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?
My partner Damion. He has given me support, joy, and love throughout the years. I could not do all the crazy, wild projects without him. I don’t know another person who could go with the flow when I randomly come home with injured animals or when I decide to take another yoga certification course the way he does. Thank you for always being there for me.
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