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

Hi Marco, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I live my life by Don Miguel’s “The Four Agreements”: Being impeccable with my words, not taking anything personally, not making assumptions, and always doing my very best. But I’ve also added a fifth agreement of my own and that’s to always be frank and upfront with people because that’s what I expect in return.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
MaGO! PR is a full-service 360-degree PR firm that specializes in entertainment publicity, executive corporate communications, issues management, employee communications, community relations, DEI and media training, social media, and English/Spanish translation services in both general and Hispanic markets.

I think what differentiates MaGo! PR from others, especially general market monolingual PR agencies, is that we offer a full 360-degree approach to communications by being bilingual, bicultural and LGBTQ-focused. We not only offer publicity campaign development but also comprehensive communications strategies and issues management prevention planning that yield high-impact media results. LGBTQ Identities and Hispanic Culture training modules, and standard media training in both English and Spanish are some of the “magic recipes” we use to add value to our diverse client base.

The decision to start my own practice really started brewing during the Pandemic. I realized that work-life balance was not what I had been conditioned to believe it was while in the corporate sector. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to experience being my own boss doing something that I truly love. Making the choice wasn’t easy because I was full of self-doubt and my inner saboteur was working overtime to stop me from taking the leap of faith. I’m glad I finally listened to my friends and colleagues, and my own gut, and finally decided to step out on my own.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is such a rich multicultural metropolis that even one week would not be enough to show someone around my birth city. Obviously, people who come to L.A. for the first time want to do the postcard tour, and I do try to indulge them in some way, but prefer to show them some of the lesser-known hidden gems in our city. Downtown LA is definitely the hot spot to be in these days when it comes to culinary experiences in the Arts District and even on Grand Avenue. I also like taking people to THE BEST and most AUTHENTIC Mexican restaurant in LA and that’s La Casita Mexicana in City of Bell with Chefs Jaime and Ramiro. I also love Sushi Row in Studio City on Ventura Blvd. as well as Firefly and the Front Yard, they are simply fabulous for dinner and brunch. And another place I love in LA that doesn’t get the credit it deserves has to be Silverlake. There are so many little bars and restaurants that I think most tourists never get to experience. So forget all the hype of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica, Venice, and Malibu, and go and explore other awesome neighborhoods like Pasadena, Boyle Heights, Leimert Park, Burbank and Sherman Oaks!

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?
I owe a great deal of gratitude to many mentors that have been with me along the way, as well as family, my partner Jamie French, friends and colleagues that have always believed in my talent and encouraged me to take the chance of starting my own practice. Colleagues such as Claudia Santa Cruz, Stephen Chavez, Leticia Juarez, Christina Sanchez, Liliana Perez, Cathy Lewis and Kim Hunter. I am also grateful to the Latino Equality Alliance for allowing me to lead their advisory board and to my alma mater USC for opening so many doors after I completed my Master’s in Communications Management from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Website: www.magopr.com

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcogonzalez2021

Twitter: MarcoGonzales70

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