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

Hi Ivonne, how do you think about risk?
I think we all take risks in one way or another, and that is super scary, specially because it means you get out of your comfort zone, you start doing things, talking about things, thinking about things that are different from what people said you “should” focus on. All of the sudden you are this weirdo with big dreams and no actual plan to make them come true, and they see you as crazy or a fool, but in the end, if we do not get out of that comfort zone, we will never grow, we will never truly live.

Taking risks has been a catalyst in my life and career, I moved from a small town in Mexico to Los Angeles by myself, with nothing but a big dream and there were times when I thought: what have I done? this is the biggest mistake of my life, I should have stay home (SAFE).
But every time, life keeps showing me the rewards of taking risks, of taking the leap, of taking chances and having the audacity to dream bigger and want more for your life than what others had in mind for you.
If you jump from the building before you are ready, maybe your wings will blossom as you fall and then you will learn to fly.

I love this quote from Theodore Roosevelt that says:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

It reminds me to keep going, to keep changing the rules, to keep dreaming beyond other people’s expectations and I think anyone who has a dream of a better life can live by this too.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I grew up in a small town in Tepatitlan Jalisco, Mexico, where pursuing an acting career was unheard of and a crazy foolish dream. I moved to Los Angeles to study Acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, I didn’t know anyone and I had no idea how I was going to survive or what the plan was other than, follow your dream and the path will unfold.
I got into a very abusive relationship where I lost everything, including my self worth and purpose, I knew I wasn’t living the life I wanted to live, I realized how important is the power of your mind to get out of a rut and create the life you want to follow your dreams
I got certified as a Master Hypnotherapist and Life Coach and worked everyday to release the limitations in my own mind that were sabotaging me.
I was able to turn my life around, left that toxic relationship, quit my 9-5 and now I am proud to call myself a full time actress and mindset mentor, and now I get to share my story to help women empower themselves and find their confidence from within, to go for their dreams and create the life they want to live.

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.
First I would take them to have breakfast at Noho Diner (it is one of my favorite diners in LA because it has the old Hollywood vibe and the food is great) Then we would go to Santa Monica Pier to spend the day at the beach.
The next day we would go to the Skyscaper Slide and right after that we would go to Echo park for a Pedal boat ride,
Once we get hungry we have to go to East LA to try some delicious Mexican food or we can go get delicious Peruvian food at Las brasas Peruvian fusion (honestly a must if you want to get good Peruvian food in LA).
Hollywood walk of fame is a must see to find all of the characters to take pictures with and see the stars, Griffith observatory and Runyon are for sure the next stop.
And to end the night we would go to the Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am where I am in my path thanks to the love and support of my family, my boyfriend Beker who always encourages me to follow my craziest dreams and work harder every day, my friends who are there to listen and encourage me in everything I do, my mentors and coaches: Valorie Hubbard (one of my acting mentors who believed in me since day one) My acting mentors in Mexico who taught me not only how to act but to love what I do and to leave my soul in every role.
My family from Transform Destiny where I learned a lot of what I know about the power of my mind and how to use it to help and guide others and where I met the most caring and intelligent people I’ve known.
And everyone who have crossed paths with me to teach me something about myself and the world.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivnavarro

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ivnavarro1

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/IvonnesCorner

Other: Instagram Business page: https://www.instagram.com/sirenbliss

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutLA is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.