We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Zulueta and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking has played a significant role in my overall journey throughout life. The field of music alone is a very risky career path that always intrigued me due to the passion I have for music. I attended a unconventional high school that allowed me to study music technology and sound engineering. This was a difficult decision to make especially watching all my peers attend traditional high school with football games and pep rallies. After high school I took another risk and decided not to go to college and took on an internship with Florida native Grammy Nominated producers Cool & Dre.
I worked at Cool & Dre’s North Miami studio for about 5 years and acted as a sponge/soaked up a lot of information around creating and completing a song professionally. I worked with numerous established artist, songwriters, producers and engineers but eventually reached my plateau when I realized that I wasn’t being compensated fairly and had aspirations to be more financially stable.
This was yet another risk I took parting ways from such a comfortable situation I was submerged in at Cool & Dre’s studio but something told me I was meant for more. I worked at a few dead end jobs that allowed me to keep my finances a float until I found myself transitioning to a call center gig a friend recommended that paid hourly plus commission.
This was a opportunity in my eyes I couldn’t pass up to truly start to make an income that would allow me to claim my independence. During my time at this call center I was intellectually curious on how the business operated which later led me to climbing the corporate ladder. I dedicated the next five years of my life evolving my role with this company from entry level position to now the senior operations leader. Taking on this new venture led to many opportunities such as traveling outside the country and being exposed to new cultures.
Never in my wildest dream did I expect to take on this career path but I truly believe without me putting myself out there and trying new things I would of never been able to accomplish all that I have thus far. I am still in midst of taking risk everyday even though I feel content where I am in life. I still have ambitions to make music as a full time career and I am still making strides towards juggling my current responsibilities and pursuing my ambitions/goals of being a music artist as well.
To anyone reading this that is on the fence about making a choice they consider to be risky I would weigh out the pros and cons. After you do that make sure to follow your instincts/gut you and only you know what destination you are headed to. So I would encourage you to take as many steps towards what ultimately is going to make you happy even if it involves taking a risk and getting out of your comfort zone.
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.
Professionally I feel content but I am still not where I want to be in my music career path. So nothing worth having is ever an easy task to take I’ve encountered countless challenges such as experimenting with different genres of music to pin point my sound. Purchasing recording equipment and getting an understanding of how to use the equipment to get my recordings up to par with professionals. Worked with different music video directors in attempts to promote the song I feel confident about.
I feel the more I’ve swung the bat in attempts to get my music heard I’ve learned more about myself and got a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t. The lesson this has taught me is that although the objective is to be heard on a large scale you have to enjoy the journey of becoming the person you’ve envisioned in your mind cause as we all know nothing happens over night. Through all the trials and tribulations your story and who you are becomes the attraction that people will be drawn too.
I want the world to know that through all the adversity we face throughout our journey we must be present to truly embrace and receive the gift of life we’ve all been given.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Favorite Spots in the city would be crossing the MacArthur Causeway bridge that joins downtown Miami and South Beach. There is something special about crossing this bridge and the way the look of skyline of Miami makes me feel. I will manifest a home with that view someday and can’t wait to wake up and appreciate it each morning.
If you want to eat due the fact that I am Cuban American I’d recommend going to Versaililes Restraunt Cuban Cuisine which is in the heart of Little Havana and has been around since 1971.
Ultimately South Beach is where it’s at for any tourist but recently the hang out spot for us locals is in Wynwood which is known for its many colorful murals, craft breweries, clothing boutiques, stylish bistros and late night bars.
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?
So many people to acknowledge that assisted me along the way but I am going to try to condense the list as much as possible.
My mother and my sister were always very supportive of every endeavor I attempted in life. My 7th grade drama teacher Ms. Pons is still to this day a very close friend who I consider my mother away from home. & lastly my mentor Alexander Martin he believed in me more so then I did myself and assisted me in developing into the strong minded man I am today.
All the people above play a significant role in molding me into the person I’ve become and I am truly grateful to have them in my life. There are many more to acknowledge but they know who they are and they all hold a special place in my heart.