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

Hi Marilyn, how do you think about risk?
For me, I believe taking risks come from a place of fear. Fear of unknowing and uncertainty and not knowing the outcome of it. I’ve taken many risks in my personal life and career and it has definitely made me the person I have wanted to become and am still becoming. Once upon a time I made a decision to quit a secure job (knowing the risk that it may never become permanent) while pregnant for a better outcome to my future and my unborn child. I gained better/more experience and became well rounded in my job as well as gaining more access to opportunities and growing in my position, 2 years in I got a promotion and to this day it was still the best move I have ever made. I don’t have a job anymore, (company went under) but that’s okay. Im actually very happy spending more time with my kid and giving my brain and body some well rested time until I am ready to hop into the entertainment business again. I recently made a decision to go back to school and change job description. I am currently focusing/studying on health and becoming a health coach, so another risky move that I am taking that I am most certain will be the best one for me yet. Stay tuned! 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We live in a generation where we have easy access to create any type of content and easily get noticed, but not all of us get noticed. We try to be someone else thinking thats what everyone “seems” to want. I have had my fair share of trial and error (and still continue to) and have found out that it’s best to just go your own route and not walk down someone else’s. It’s silly and redundant to say but BE YOURSELF, there is only one you and if you convey and pour that into your work then it will show and people will follow and support along the way. I have explored a plethora of artistic ways to express myself, from digital photography, to repairing old film cameras and tinkering with that, to doing short videos, painting, poetry, *attempting* to write a book, to my most current doing cyanotypes. As the times change, so do politics and peoples perspectives also shift so your artwork should reflect that to some extent. You want to connect with people in your own terms. I want people to know I exist and that the number of followers on Instagram are just only that, numbers. Always support the arts no matter what.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Because it is COVIID times and we live a dreary oblivion of a year it’s hard to explore but here is my sloppy itinerary: 1. Support small business: Magnolia blvd in Burbank 2. Support my local thrift shop that fights social injustice and gives back to the community FULL CIRCLE THRIFT 3. Take them 2-3 hours up north to get away from the city and do some wine tasting in Santa Ynez Valley. 4. Take them to my favorite coffee spots in Pasadena: Jameson Brown, Cafe De Leche, Lavender and Honey 5. Walk around the neighborhood at the top of the Rose bowl in Pasadena and admire the architecture and dream of living in a big and beautiful house one day. 6. Go to dinner at Bottega Louie in DWNTWN LA. ( I recommend the Portobello fries)

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, my baby daddy, the person who angers me and betters me, the love of my life no matter where we stand in life…Kevin Segura.

Website: https://www.marilynespitiaphotography.com/
Instagram: Instagram.com/marilynespitiaphotography
Linkedin: Linkedin.com/marilynespitia
Youtube: Youtube-Marilyn Espitia

Image Credits
Models: Arame Fall Wambui Brooke Lorraine AJ Menta Jasmonet L Iwana

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