We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Currence and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lesson that my career has taught me is resilience- in both of my career fields: acting as well as real estate investing. I have had many hurdles thrown at me and I’ve been knocked down but each time I stand up; more wiser and stronger than before. I have never let anything keep me down no matter how big or impossible the problem seemed to overcome at the time. My failures were not losses but lessons and I like to consider myself as “failing forward.” Had I not tried new things, I would not have learned and I will not allow fear to keep me complacent or mundane. I have bounced back from everything that was meant to destroy me and I appreciate the newfound strength and coping skills each feat instilled in me. Through it all, I like to consider myself coming out of everything as humble, thankful and open-minded. One of my favorite quotes is: “egos trip but the humble doesn’t stumble.”
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I was lucky to have gotten started in real-estate investing young which is uncommon being a young woman dealing with the type of properties I have. I was introduced to real-estate investing by a successful developer friend who gave me an opportunity to be a silent investor on a large project. They say it’s all who you know! After that first deal, learning the ropes and in’s and out’s, I had to navigate and really hold my ground in the business. Real-estate investing can be very cut-throat. I think really following my intuition helped out a lot in my favor. The journey was anything but easy. There were so many times that the rug was just pulled completely from under my feet out of nowhere with a grading issue, or city permit issue…or receiving the wrong plans or people who have tried to take my money…the list goes on! But there’s one thing I know how to do and that’s keep going. I overcame the prior challenges one day at a time and by simply not giving up. It was a lot of work to right the wrongs that had been done in prior business deals but time heals all and with my tenacity and focus, I always somehow manage to get things back on track. That’s the main lesson to take- keep going and don’t give up. I strongly urge others thinking about a similar career path to have a clear vision and direction and don’t let anyone get in the way of that. No matter how others tried to intimidate me it’s because of my drive and believing in myself that I came out on top of the smoke and mirrors others tried to distract me with. Always follow your gut and always listen to your heart.
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?
So, my best friend Lydia will actually be visiting from New York in September! I plan on taking her around the town including surrounding Los Angeles (Newport Beach and Palos Verdes.) I am a seafood connoisseur and love my sushi, therefore, I’ll start by taking her out to the hot spots: Catch and Yamashiro. Catch is all the fun environment and cool atmosphere with awesome craft cocktails and visually enticing platters one can enjoy. Yamashiro has stunning city views with a sophisticated feel and no matter what you order, you can’t go wrong. After soaking up all that delight in Los Angeles- we’d hit Newport Beach for some fun in the sun, beach vibes and palm trees. We’d start at Javier’s in Newport for some delicious drinks and Mexican food. They have the best margaritas and I live for their ceviche de pulpo! Javier’s has a really fun scene and great crowd to match everything else awesome about it. Then, we would end up at Tanner’s that night for some dancing and fun! Tanners is a classy restaurant/bar with contemporary decor and water views. I’m all about the views! Last but not least, towards the end of the week we’d end up at Terranea Resort for a night. This would be the perfect little getaway with everything we could want or need on our own little island. We’d hit the gorgeous Spa at Terranea for massages then relax by the pool which has sweeping views of gorgeous mountains shooting out from the ocean. Here, my best friend would capture all the photos she needs to take back home; it’s so picturesque. That night we’d end with dinner at Mar’sel which is my favorite restaurant at the resort. The service is quality and the food is delightful all with a wonderful atmosphere as well. To top it all off- they usually have a live musician playing songs by the fire which is so my scene!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I always give all the praise, thanks and glory to God above. It is my relationship as well as faith in him that has gotten me through my darkest times. I would also like to thank the amazing literature; specifically self-help books that have contributed so much to my personal growth. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k,” “The Four Agreements,” “The Alchemist” and “The Power of Now” are my current favorites. Of course my husband, parents and dear friends deserve credit for being such a wonderful support system to me but I would also like to thank self-help groups such as AA. Attending groups like AA or therapy or retreats really help me to keep focused and on course. I really thank and appreciate the people who have such caring and kind souls to genuinely want to help others deal their personal struggles through their own experience. I also would like to show appreciation for “The Love My Neighbor Foundation” which is a wonderful crew of people that I love. With The Love My Neighbor Foundation, I feed the homeless every Thursday that I am able on SkidRow and that really brings me joy. Also, I give great thanks to “Walk With Sally”- a nonprofit that is dedicated to providing free mentoring and support programs to children of parents or guardians who have cancer. It is through “Walk With Sally” that I met the incredible young man JP that I mentor. JP may be all but 11 but he is so wise, intelligent, articulate and intellectual. He may be younger than me-but I learn from him. Through activities in my continued mentorship with JP- he also helps me to grow and mature on a personal level.
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