We had the good fortune of connecting with Renee Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Renee, is there something you believe many others might not?
“Life and career success is all about connections and networking. It isn’t about what you know, it’s about who you know.”

I disagree with the emphasis that other people are at the crux of your success.
It is true that without other people facilitating opportunities, we wouldn’t be able to take our success to the next level. However, I feel that this piece of advice insinuates that networking is more important than study and craft.

This is something I heard often growing up in career driven environment such as L.A. I once believed this advice and felt the pressure to “network” and “put myself out there” in social settings- something that never felt natural to me. I’d see other people doing well with networking but for me, all of the aligned opportunities I received through people were ones that I did seek.

As I have gotten older I have learned that if you truly immerse yourself in a craft, connections and opportunity come naturally as people recognize you for what you do. For me, it isn’t the other way around where I intentionally set out to network, instead you let your work and craft attract who is right for you. My advice would be to master yourself in all facets of being as well as to get really good at your craft and allow that good energy to pull people in effortlessly.

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.
There have been so many lessons I’ve learned in the pursuit of a creative career. I started 4 years ago as a freelancer and have been freelancing ever since. I thought that my career goal was to have a thriving photography and videography business but in the last two years or so I noticed a growing feeling of stagnation and no matter which way I tried to rebrand my business, this feeling remained. I realized that it was a build up of not expressing myself through my own personal work. I had the realms of business and creativity so intertwined that it left me feeling personally unfulfilled- although I was my own boss it didn’t feel like I was working for myself because I was quite literally doing work for others. I do still find joy in working to helping others bring their vision to reality through photo and video, but it became apparent to me that it was time to start using my craft to hone my own personal vision as well. I needed to find a balance between work for others and work for myself and I have dedicated the first half of 2021 to finding the sweet spot. So far this has led me to the creation of my podcast “Our Perspective” as well as diaristic videos about my life called “Dailies”. Although it feels like I am just finding my own voice and my own creative process for the first time, I am realizing more and more that the artistic process is innate and what feels like struggle is simply an undoing of limiting beliefs surrounding my potential and capabilities as a creator. What I have noticed in the short amount of time since launching the podcast and my video diaries is that my own life IS the content and the material will evolve as I evolve. My platform is still so new and I am most definitely still in a trial and error phase but my authenticity as a person has always remained the same and I think that reflects in anything I do and so in viewing or listening to my work I hope people can find permission to be fully themselves.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh awesome! Do we have unlimited resources? lol

Thursday:

-Beachfront Airbnb in Malibu
-Lobster rolls and truffle fries delivered for lunch.
-We let our food go down.
-Meditate and visualize great things for ourselves on the beachfront deck. Listen to Jhene Aiko’s “Trigger Protection.”
-Pull tarot cards. We enjoy, we feel so calm and at peace.
-We head out to the water and go for a swim. No one else is on the beach but us. We have a whole picnic set up with the coolest beach umbrella.
-Horseback riding into the sunset.
-A professional sound bowl healer comes to the house and guides us into a deep transformative meditation.

Friday:

-Check out of Airbnb early, probably 6am or so.
-Head to Burbank Airport because it’s closer than LAX. On the plane by 10pm.
-Checked into a penthouse VEGAS suite by noon. (Because it wouldn’t be LA if you can’t do a quick overnight in Vegas!)
-Lunch, spa, pool. Or pool then spa? We decide over lunch.
-Shopping for an outfit and accessories…no limits!
-Get ready.
-Vegas things in which I can’t describe here in detail. (…because you know, what happens in Vegas…)

Saturday:

-Sleep in. Check out.
-Spa and massage one more time.
-Brunch outdoors.
-Back to L.A
-Rest.

Sunday:

-Wake up rested. Early morning hike in Griffith Park to watch the sunrise.
-Take the longer route from Griffith Park to Northeast L.A to show her some of the city. I drive past the Greek theater, down Vermont, and take a left onto Sunset. We take Sunset all the way down toward Echo Park and Elysian Valley, go down Stadium Way and end up on Riverside Dr. into Lincoln Heights for…
-We eat shrimp tostadas for breakfast at Milagros, a mariscos truck.
-Go home to get ready and pick up the camera gear.
-We meet up with the rest of my friends for a BBQ in Elysian Park. Mostly friends that I have had since childhood. We can hear the crowd from the stadium as the Dodgers play.
-We take amazing portraits of each other, portraits that will serve as memories for a lifetime.
-We stay in the park till sunset and sit around on blankets, talking about life and creating.
-Get home, go to sleep.

Monday:

-Take her back to the airport. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people I’d like to shout out but for this particular stage in my life, I’d like to recognize my boyfriend Robert. I appreciate his tough love in calling me out on my habit of being self-critical. He reminds me that I can when I say I can’t. He is also a great example of what you can achieve when you don’t take your art too seriously and what it looks like to approach creation with genuine curiosity and excitement. I’m beyond grateful to witness this type of attitude so closely because it’s helped me realize where I can loosen the grips I hold on myself and my art; it reminds me that life can be lived effortlessly.

Website: www.renee.la

Instagram: __renee.la

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVtsEZXv_8Pqlejp630lDLA

Other: Personal Instagram: @lawsthatattract

Image Credits
Nicole Lewis

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