We had the good fortune of connecting with Mauricio Espinosa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mauricio, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I think embellishments can be blissful. When I was a kid, I remember drawing our family dog. Just a simple piece of paper, and a graphite pencil. That was it. My first drawing was not great, the legs were disproportioned, her head was strange. It looked nothing like her and it was something I was not proud of. I remember trying again, and again, and again. After a while my dog’s face became somewhat more legible, the body and legs towards the right proportion and scale. She was beginning to become something on the page. At that point, I started to develop a way of looking at her, and finding portions that I knew would render well on the page. She was a mut, with patches of grey, black, brown and white. I played with the patches, and her big brown eyes, and pretty soon the drawing was something I was proud of. By embellishing certain features, I was able to capture a side, and in a way, render a voice in the drawing. I sometimes think about that when I’m designing projects, discussing goals, or working out solutions. Tenacity is important, and so is drive. If you can spend the time, and work through things, sometimes over and over again, eventually things start to distill and are ultimately created. In my view, the embellishments help to define a voice, and ultimately a success, in achieving a particular goal. They allow one to focus, and ultimately concentrate to make something beautiful.
What should our readers know about your business?
A large amount of my professional career was spent working for other people. I had great mentors along the way, I had amazing colleagues, some rotten managers, and mediocre others that I met along the way. When I started Burgeoning back in New York, I did so foolishly, in a way (indeed the company’s name rings true). I felt as though I had learned enough in other companies, and that I could do it better on my own. Some of that was true, but I was not truly prepared for what I had heard from others: that running your own business is hard work. Everyone always says that, but what does it mean? In a way, learning what to do, learning from mistakes (sometimes very painful ones), and maintaining earlier visions is very hard. It is especially hard when there is no one else to blame, no boss to go to, or someone who will just ‘figure it out.’ It can be lonely at times, but ultimately it is something where you have to persevere in order to reap the benefits. I suppose many things are just like that. But when it’s your own baby, it can be grueling when it doesn’t go the way you want. I’ve learned to keep flexible, and to look at things more holistically. It is okay if something doesn’t work out. I think more people need to understand that. But it is also important to understand that shrugging things off, blaming others, and not developing a path forward breeds stagnation. So with every challenge, there must be opportunities.
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?
The Doughnut Hole in La Puente may just be the start of the trip. It signifies such a wonderful view of the past. I like its directness. And these days, it helps to stay in your car. So a drive-thru doughnut shop, shaped like a giant doughnut, is probably the start of the trip. There are some many eclectic spots around the City. I love Town Pizza in Highland Park, Blossom in Chinatown. Tiki Ti is a hidden gem in Silverlake. LA is such an amazing place in that it’s all right here, and it is different from many corners of the country (and Globe, for that matter). Hollywood Bowl (anything that’s going on in the venue), is a true LA experience. So is Cinespia.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents are probably the biggest contributors to my success. From an early age, I was exposed with the opportunity to pursue creative endeavors. I explored with film, stop motion, drawings, computer drafting, music, and a number of other things. My parents always gave me wings, and provided a platform for me to explore.
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