We had the good fortune of connecting with Olivia Otero and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Olivia, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Since I was a child, I’ve always felt creative and expressive energy inside of me. When I was a kid, and people asked me what I wanted to be, I replied, “an artist.” Something about expressing yourself through colors, textures, and creating beautiful things called to me. It later changed to fashion, photography, hairdressing, and then to creating content on Instagram where I share my love for all things beauty in the world and my travels and passion for sustainability, health, + wellness.
One thing always remained the same: finding a space to share my creative vision with the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Professionally my career and art have been through many ups and downs. I’ve switched careers/jobs numerously throughout my life, but all to gain some knowledge and experience from every one of them.
Ultimately, I’ve always felt that I wanted to share my passions and interests with others to inspire them somehow. That could be travel, food, style, or making a positive change. YouTube and Instagram came around and felt like the right place to work to build a community. It’s transitioned throughout the stages of my life, but after three years of working towards growing both my channels (which hasn’t come easy), it’s finally felt like I’ve got a clear understanding of what it is I want to put out onto this earth.
Growing something from the bottom up comes with many struggles. Your family/friends might not believe in what you’re doing; you’re relying on your partner as you aren’t making a lot (if any) money; you have to believe in yourself as you will not be getting the recognition you feel you deserve. There’s a lot but believing in yourself and your message is the most important thing you can do.
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?
I’m currently a full-time digital nomad, so that depends on where they visit! 🙂 BUT, anytime someone comes to see my partner and me, we love to walk endlessly around the city and go with the flow. Find nice cafes to grab a coffee, good food, and people watch. I’ve come to understand that the less you plan, the more fun you’ll have.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My partner, Chiko! He had always believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. He always inspires me to connect deeper to my mind, body, and spirit. When I’ve wanted to give up, he’s encouraged me to keep going. He’s my inspiration.
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