We had the good fortune of connecting with Krissy Estrada and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krissy, how do you think about risk?
I see risk as a necessary part of any success story. Time and time again, I’ve seen this proven in my own life and those of my friends. Coming to Los Angeles, I had no job lined up. I saved a little bit of money and came here hoping for the best. I remember signing the lease to my first studio apartment in Los Feliz after doing a job interview, unsure how I was going to pay rent each month and I ended up landing the job! The alternate to taking a risk is staying in the safety of your current habits. You already know the result. So if you’re unhappy with your current situation be that in your career or in life, risk is the only way to create big change. There’s a famous quote from one of my favorite books called The Alchemist that says, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”. I truly believe when you’re pursuing your true passions, things will fall into place. I’m not saying the path will be completely smooth, but if you can take the risk, have faith, and put in the work, you’re going to be successful no matter what career you pursue.
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 started off my career doing an unpaid internship in Chicago at an editorial house and eventually worked my way up to being a producer at an animation studio in Los Angeles. It has not been an easy road. I don’t think working in production is for the faint of heart. Even though the workload is never easy, so much of my success as producer can be tied to just a few things: Show up. Work hard. Be kind. I think another key to success is having a consistent source of curiosity and willingness to learn. We’re never “done” being the best versions of ourselves. It’s a daily process and self-understanding that I am always a work in progress. I like to think what makes me different as a producer is that I genuinely want to be better at what I do each day.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The best part about living or visiting Los Angeles is that you can always discover something new. I’ve been living here over 5 years and I still find new neighborhoods or restaurants I want to try. These days it’s hard to find activities that feel safe amongst all the Covid restrictions. If I had to plan one fun day I would say… Grab donuts & tea from Sidecar and have breakfast on the beach in Santa Monica. Ride bikes all the way down to Abbot Kinney. Explore all the cool shops down there. Grab lunch at Gjelina Takeaway. Hop over to Echo Park and enjoy Echo Park lake. Ride a swan boat. Enjoy snacks from the local vendors there. Head over to Koreatown to enjoy delicious Korean BBQ for dinner. Grab a drink at the rooftop bar of the Ace Hotel. Enjoy the view. End the night with karaoke in Little Tokyo.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to The Alchemist. I reread this book every few years and each time I am able to take away something new. I would also like to thank my book club. I’m in this amazing book club with six amazing professional women who always inspire me. It’s so rare to have a place where we can freely and safely discuss our opinions and emotions and find new ideas. I wish everyone in Los Angeles could have their own version of “book club”.