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

Hi Marina, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As an artist, my whole life I’ve found myself balancing at least two career paths at any given moment. When I first moved to New York City, I leaned on my degree in journalism with emphasis in public relations and marketing to find a job that would pay my bills. However, there was also the dance minor in me who moved to NYC to study acting, who was very focused on paving my way to an acting career.

After a few years of working full time in entertainment marketing for Showtime Networks and Sundance Channel, I moved to Los Angeles to focus on my acting career. Eventually, I became all of my old contact’s west coast go-to for freelance production work because they knew my work ethic and that they could count on me to always deliver. And that is what I have been doing my whole time in Los Angeles — acting and producing.

Then in 2011, I was diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia and was introduced to an energy healer on my cancer journey to wellness. What started out as a curiosity not only helped me get through my cancer diagnosis and treatment, but also opened my eyes, heart and soul to a calling and gift in energy healing. I started to study energy healing with my healer back in 2017 and had been practicing here and there as my already busy scheduled allowed. But deep down, I always wished I had more time to dedicate to this new venture as an energy healer.

Then came March 2020, where the one thing we all always claimed we didn’t have enough of, we now had ad nauseam. TIME!

So my thought process behind starting my business was basically… now or never! After getting over the initial shock of a world wide pandemic; the reality that it could last more than two weeks or a couple of months and my acting and producing opportunities coming to a complete halt, I thought to make the most of this forced downtime.

I started by taking some online courses on building an online coaching business and then applied all of my branding and marketing experience to dream up what I wanted my energy healing business to look like and be for my clients. I wanted it to be something that not only served my clients well, but also serve me by supporting the work life balance I want to create for myself.

It’s been lots of hours and hard work, but very rewarding work that has been completely worth the effort… for me and my clients.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Throughout my career, including energy healing, storytelling and narratives have been at the heart of everything I do… the common thread.

My love for storytelling stems from my mother and her family. They are amazing storytellers, and most of my fondest memories involve us sitting around listening to a family member share a story. For me, it became a way to connect to and show care, affection and empathy for people.

As an actor, my desire is always to shed light on a perspective, way of life or life circumstance that the viewer will either relate to and not feel alone, or open their heart to and be more empathetic towards in the future. When I write or produce, I want to be sure to clearly convey emotions and messages to serve those exact same purposes. And the same goes for when I do life coaching and energy healing with a client. Our lives are a collection of narratives we have either heard about ourselves or told ourselves that can either be positive or negative driving forces in our lives. My energy work and life coaching helps clients revisit and rewrite those narratives to reflect lessons learned and fresh perspectives so that they can be become positive influences in our lives and not hold us back.

I think the influence storytelling has had in my life, and the emphasis I give to it in my work, is what sets me apart from other actors, producers and energy healers. Story, in my opinion, is the key to our hearts, souls and minds.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
After a year of lockdown and quarantine, I’ve been having this exact conversation with my sisters and friends!

For starters, I would want them to meet (socially distanced of course) some of the dear friends I have here in Los Angeles who have made my life here complete, especially last year. One of my fave things to do is to invite my friends and their kids to come over for home cooked Mexican food and great company. For my last birthday gathering, I even had a piñata for the little ones and they just loved it — it was the first piñata for some of them.

There are quite a few amazing restaurants in Los Angeles, but I have some favorites…

C.O.D. (Catch of the Day) on 3rd has a seafood tower that is amazing and the salmon sashimi on the tower melts in your mouth!! their uni pasta is to die for!! My mouth waters just thinking about it!!

Petty Cash on Beverly Blvd. is a smart and fresh take on Mexican food that does not disappoint! Their rainbow cauliflower nachos and zucchini blossom quesadilla appetizers are as amazing as they sound. They also have a portobello mushroom taco and a charcoal grilled octopus taco that will have you coming back for more!! Lastly their aguas frescas are amazing and for an adult treat, you can add a shot of your fave liquor to give it a kick — I prefer tequila!!

As for things to do or see… there is so much!! From farmers markets to shopping to sightseeing to the beauty of California’s coast and mountains, it really depends on what my guests wants to do. What I like to do is create a list of some of my favorite things that we can do or see and have them choose. These would include:

– Salsa dancing at El Floridita or La Descarga
– Driving along the PCH – north or south
– walking, biking or roller skating on beach pathway in Venice or Santa Monica
– hiking at Runyon Canyon or stairs in Culver City or Santa Monica
– vintage shopping
– farmers markets through Los Angeles area
– Visit Santa Monica Boardwalk
– Stroll along the canals and on Abbott Kinney In Venice
-dancing the night way to 80s and 90s music at Break Room 86 in Koreatown
– Visit some of LA’s museums like The Getty Villa and LACMA
– Do the RaceLA (based on the show Amazing Race) to get a fresh take on experience all that LA has to offer. Go to racela.com for info

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 wouldn’t be at this point in my energy healing journey or life without two sisters who have guided me so graciously and lovingly through these past 10 years. The doctor who initially guided me to diagnose my cancer is Dr. Aviva Bernat, who then introduced me to her energy healing sister Dina Bernat-Kunin. Although they are both energy healers, Dr. Bernat felt I would be best served to have her as my western medicine guide and her sister as my energy healer, and that alone speaks to their intuitive and genuine care for their patients and clients. I now have been studying with both of them since 2017, and it has just been a beautiful Full Circle journey. I owe them so much!!

Website: https://www.fullcirclehealing.co/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/full_circle_healing?igshid=zcs9h9i32i98

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marina-valle-creativedirectorandproducer/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fullcircle.healings

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