We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalia Bilbao and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalia, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I used to be a semi pro tennis player and I think having an early morning routine and discipline has really helped me stay strong and work hard during both moments of a lot of work and also moments of little work. Being a healthy person, working out every day, eating good food, drinking water and meditating are some of the basic elements that help me stay focused, grounded and energized as well as having confidence in my ability and feeling ready to take on challenges.
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.
Performing or story telling is what both challenges me and makes me come to life. There is a magical feeling every time I’m on stage or in front of a camera. There’s something truly incredible about connecting and moving people as well as myself. I want to become a fearless artist, like a wild puma whose actions and movements no one can predict. For me the biggest challenge is finding some balance between the chaos and uniqueness of genuine art and the craftmanship of being reliable and able to replicate that many times. I’m quite the type A person, I like to have plans, a road map, that sort of thing, so sometimes I feel like I’m fighting against myself, but then I realize all I’m doing is getting out of my comfort zone and expanding my limits more and more each time. Some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned are to trust, just trust that what you need will make itself evident. If there’s a bad gut feeling, a painful struggle, then that’s not the right way. Also, what is really right and wrong? That’s for each one of us to define. The other big lesson is to open up to other people’s opinion, take in their advice, but ultimately, make your own decision and your own mistakes, that’s the only way you’ll truly learn, through real exposure.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them on a hike to Griffith Park, the Observatory and its surroundings. We would go cycling around Venice Beach and the canals. Definitely Matador Beach in Malibu, eat fish by the coast in Santa Barbara, then go on a camping trip to Joshua Tree, and do more basic things like go for a walk around Melrose, go up to the Hills to get a panoramic view of LA, eat at Gracias Madre, drink at EP/LP, brunch in Silverlake… So many possibilities
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family, Juanjo Ortiz, Ian Lennen and all my friends and the people who believe in me and support me through the highs and lows.
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