We had the good fortune of connecting with Raquel Mastrangelo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Raquel, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Creating a plan and committing to being consistent is something that has helped me succeed. I think that working through obstacles instead of giving up can make a big difference especially for long term goals. With that being said, everyone needs balance. If I need to take a day for a break, then I just resume when I am ready. I am usually back to work stronger if I press the reset button for myself. Since I love what I do, my work bleeds into the evenings and weekends without me noticing so I have to make it a point to establish times or days where I unplug. Establishing a calming and positive morning routine has really helped set me up for a great day ahead. I have memories of chaotic morning commutes so I cherish my work from home lifestyle. I take time for a morning meditation, journaling and sipping on warm coffee before the world wakes up.
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 have been a creative person since I could remember. I used to watch my father paint and create logos for brands when I was a child and he would take me on trips to the advertising agencies he was working with. My mom was always a fashion and beauty lover and my great grandparents worked with designers in the fashion and film industry here in Los Angeles. I think being immersed in art and fashion from a young age contributed to my interest and passion for it. My career evolved from the beauty industry to fashion and marketing. I graduated with a B.A. in fashion merchandising from CSULB. Going to college while working full time was a challenge and I basically dropped out twice. It took me a long time to get through all of the classes but I loved what I was studying. Finding help where I needed it was key to staying on my path. I hired a tutor to get me through the difficult math and chemistry classes and I think that was a lesson in itself for me. I had to ask for help from someone who specialized in something that I wasn’t skilled in. Fast forward to present day and my job is to help my clients with projects that they don’t know how to do. My brand, My Moxie Studio offers customized brand packages and creates the overall look and feel of brands. I also offer copywriting for blogs and email marketing as well as social media content creation and management.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would visit the beach first of course! We would cruise down PCH with the convertible top down and stop by Malibu Farm Pier Cafe for brunch and then travel further to Zuma beach for hanging out on the beach and snapping pictures. We would then go to the Santa Monica pier and grab a bite at True Foods before shopping at Third Street Promenade. The next day we could have some fun experiencing city life and grab lunch and coffee at Akasha in Culver City and then head downtown to the fashion district to shop the sample sales. For some nightlife we would have a glass of wine on the rooftop lounge at Perch and take in the panoramic city view. It wouldn’t be a proper LA visit without stopping in the south bay taking a stroll on the esplanade near the Hermosa Pier.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give a Shoutout to The IAM Agency. We have been virtually working together during the pandemic and they have introduced me to so many incredible brands and opportunities. Collaborating with them has been instrumental in my growth and expansion this year. Being a solo-preneur isn’t easy but having them just a zoom call away has helped me in so many aspects of my business.
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