We had the good fortune of connecting with Paige Zilba and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paige, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I firmly believe that success is defined differently by each and every person. Where life often presents opportunities for us to follow set pathways towards a goal, I have found felicity in creating my own roads less traveled. My mindset on success has granted me the confidence to express myself and find opportunities in authentic ways. I remember growing spending hours upon hours learning how to do anything music related if I could. A lot of people say, “kids are like sponges,” but often forget how dignifying it is to maintain that desire for learning in adulthood. Although I too get distracted by the exhausting responsibilities of adulthood, I have not lost my excitement for learning and discovering new things.
Additionally, having people in your corner who love you and consistently show up for you really makes a huge difference in how greatly you pave your path. I am so thankful that I have a wonderful mom. She always payed attention and recognized when I had found something I was passionate about. Even though I was probably annoying when I first started learning how to beatbox while doing my math homework at the dinner table!
The most important factor of my personal success is following my mantra, “do what you love and love what you do.” It may not be what you studied in college, or your family business, or what the rest of your peers are doing. That’s okay! I have found that every random thing I’ve learned and grew a passion for has led me to doing exactly what I love to do today. To get where I am, I knew I had to be courageous enough to create my own path with a humbled heart and mind. Instead of looking at the “big picture” end result, I look back after every little moment of success and say, “What can I create next?”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
More often than not, my creativity arises from silly moments or random, musical thoughts. I am a person who is always giggling, laughing at myself, quoting movies within conversation, and talking in random voices. I honestly think that I was so drawn to beatboxing as a kid because it gave my mouth something to do other than talk, ha! Since I was little, I have always had a very big imagination. My mind would always think of movie skits to act out in my head, create different characters and scenarios, etc. I was also very passionate about about writing music in various genres. I’ve always been drawn to creating, no matter if it was making a home video or a writing a symphonic musical score. I feel most proud that I never give up on myself or what I love to do. My grandma Carol unintentionally gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever received. One day while cooking spaghetti, my grandma took a noodle out of the pot, tossed it at the microwave, and it stuck! I asked her, “why did you toss it at the microwave?” She answered, “because if it sticks, then I know it’s ready. If it doesn’t, then it needs a little more time to cook.” That has become one of my main mantras in my life and career. I learned to just put my creativity out there, no matter what form it’s in, and I just see if it sticks! This mindset has lead me to have a constant hunger for learning new things, seizing opportunities, and simply be more confident in putting myself out there.
Being a content creator is a full-time job. I never anticipated having to wear so many different hats. Especially now that I have my own LLC, there are many things to oversee and manage. A day in the life for me could look like learning/creating scripts and ideas, filming, editing and posting videos to three different platforms, replying to comments on my videos, answering emails, marketing myself to companies I would like to work with, bookkeeping, reviewing contracts with my legal team for partnerships, traveling for events, etc. It definitely can be overwhelming at times, especially when there are a few projects happening simultaneously. I’ve learned that nobody is perfect, and it take a while to get into a good routine of time management that works for me personally. I have never thought of myself as a business woman, but that is exactly what I have become now, and I feel proud of that.
I want the world to know that, with me, you’ll always find authenticity, passion, tenacity, and kindness. I have worked hard to get where I am, and I will always continue to work hard in hopes to inspire other people who are self made like me.
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?
In a place like LA, this is a challenging question to answer! For starters, I’d definitely have to take my best friend to Korean BBQ in Koreatown. Korean BBQ quickly became my favorite meal after trying it for the first time when I moved to LA four years ago. Phenomenal! I would also have to take my best friend to the beach in Malibu mainly because of the drive you can take along PCH. For someone who hasn’t visited LA, Griffith Park is a must because of the view of the city and the Hollywood sign! If my best friend wanted to have a fun, party night out, we have to go to West Hollywood! Lastly, I have to say Disneyland. I know it’s technically Orange County, but Disneyland is beyond magical and one of my favorite places on earth!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout my all of my family members and teachers. Special thanks to my immediate family Mr. and Mrs. Zilba and brother Brandon Zilba; past music and theatre teachers from Meg Klopp, Dawn Perez, Robert Gentry, Michael Smith, Joel Hamilton, Deb Drew, Joe Barton, and Samuel Rotberg; and also my wonderful close group friends who have been been nothing but supportive of my journey since day one. You know who you are!
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