We had the good fortune of connecting with Norma Rubio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Norma, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Over time, I’ve come to recognize that it’s the small things, the ordinary ones, that tend to make me the happiest. Recently, my parents were visiting me in my home in L.A. One evening as we sat at the dinner table eating a home-made meal (my mom is the best cook of course), I had a moment of awakening. I looked at my dad whose eyes were lit up with joy as he told us a story from his childhood. My mom was looking at him with adoring, and curious eyes as she was learning something new about him after 48-plus years of marriage. In that moment, I felt a profound sense of appreciation for the connection we were all having and the love I felt in my heart. In that moment, I knew no amount of external success or money could bring me that same sense of deep nourishment my soul longs for. In that moment my soul was met with happiness.
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.
I’m always learning and growing in all elements of my career. As a TV producer and writer, I’m always challenging myself to come up with innovative ways to tell stories. It’s hard not to compare myself to others, but I’m always reminded there’s only one me, with my perspective and my own story. If I can radiate elements of that truth into all I do, then I’ve already succeeded. If I can create space for others to feel comfortable to tell me their stories, then I feel good about my work. In 2020, our writing team on “Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca” won a Daytime Emmy. That certainly was a highlight of my career. As a daughter of a Mexican immigrant, I feel proud that my father and my mother got to witness that moment. I also hope that if other BIPOC womxn see my achievements, they too will feel confident to pursue their dreams. To me, that is true success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I always take my visitors to a beach. Growing up in a landlocked state, made me dream about blue ocean waters and sandy beaches. Usually somewhere in Malibu or any of the South Bay beaches. They are paradise. Hiking is another favorite. Many might think Runyon Canyon as cliche, but my heart feels right at home there. I think because when I landed in LA so many years ago, it was one of the first canyons I hiked. I love the 360-view. From the top you can see mountains, valleys and the ocean on a clear day. Katsuya in Studio City is my go-to place for sushi. I love quiet and calm and urban and bustling. So, I try to mix it all in. I’m a big fan of architecture, especially old buildings. In non-Covid times, the Bradbury building downtown is a must-see. The Grand Central Market is a perfect pit-stop with all the food options you’d ever want. Museums abound. The Broad is amazing. If your visitors have kids, the Santa Monica Pier is a wonderful place for them. From there, a stroll up to the 3rd Street Promenade provides street vendors and performers, plus all the retail a shopper could dream of. As far as theme parks go, my favorite is Universal Studios. The tram tour of the studio lot is the best! I take my parents there nearly every time they visit. My dad alway insists. 🙂
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have two soul sisters who have been at the forefront of my friendships in 2020. We meet weekly on Zoom to connect, laugh, meditate and do whatever our hearts’ desires call for. In a time when many of us all long for human, physical connection, these women have helped lift me up, held my heart, and opened my mind. Thank you Natalie Orozco (@natorozco) and Lisa Malia Norman (@lovelisamalia) for your loving sisterhood.
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