We had the good fortune of connecting with Yancy Trinidad and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yancy, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
This question is actually perfect as it will sum up what I am and my company is doing.
I am an Event Specialist and currently a Senior Producer at Summer Design Studio where our mission is to improve the digital experiences of social impact-driven organizations.
To start, we have helped produce the very first Virtual Global Pride, a 28-hour pre-recorded live stream of speeches and performances from various LGBTQIA+ artists and organizations worldwide — viewed in 164 countries and seen by at least 1M viewers all over the world.
Another event was the recently concluded GAPA Runway 2020. It is a pageant developed by a grassroots organization that serves the Gay and Asian Pacific Islander communities. I also have to mention that we have produced live stream events for pioneering LGBTQIA+ organizations such as the Imperial Council of San Francisco and Queer Spectrum Media in Oakland.
On the side, I am involved with Haute Healing Foundation here in Los Angeles whose primary purpose is to bring the gift of hope, self-confidence, and well-being to chronically ill, terminally ill, homeless, or disadvantaged children and young adults. We help provide full beauty and grooming services and pampering products, makeovers, and professional photoshoots.
Moreover, as a gay Filipino immigrant in this country, the intersection of my identity reflects the kind of work that I do. I am very pleased to find a path that expresses who I really am and also has an impact on the community at large to which I belong to.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an Event Specialist with a decade of professional experience. I managed highly successful events with some of the biggest brands both in the Philippines and abroad. I have also been fortunate to be involved in LA Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, New York Bridal Week, and events for Facebook on the West Coast since moving here in the United States three years ago.
Then, the dreaded Covid-19 happened. The things that I was so good at are no longer accessible. It was a challenge to transition into digital space but with the help of my new mentors, I was able to adapt and learn new skills. As expected, my expertise from live events was useful in the digital discipline. Even if this will continue, I am positive (hopefully not Corona ) that I will be able to manage the new platform that I adapted. A lot of exploration to be done means there is vast potential for creative expression.
My story resonates with so many people out there who have chosen to migrate to new countries facing new careers, new environment, new families, new friends, and hopefully a renewed purpose in life. My story is not unique but is so sweet narrating it again and again to anyone who listens. I was just a small boy with huge ambitions who grew up in the outskirts of the southern Philippines. I had big dreams but I never imagined that I would be doing what I’m doing right now. It is truly a fairytale story. I know that I’ve been very lucky to be given all the opportunities that have come my way and I am truly grateful for it.
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.
Once the pandemic is over, I would love to bring them to DTLA Arts District to visit the galleries such as Art Share LA, Cleveland Art, Dejavita, Arts District Co-Op, and Hauser & Wirth. Then enjoy happy-hour in an expansive beer hall at Arts District Brewing. I love the beach and hiking so will definitely spend an afternoon at Will Rogers State Beach and hike at Runyon Canyon and watch the sunset. For dinner, I love Italian food so I would want them to try two of my favorite Italian restaurants, Cecconi’s West Hollywood, or Osteria La Buca in Larchmont. It won’t be complete without spending Saturday night in West Hollywood and bar hop along Santa Monica Blvd–from Rocco’s to The Chapel and The Abbey. And ending the weekend with a Sunday brunch and bottomless mimosas at Bacari W 3rd.
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?
Shoutout to my teammates at Summer Design Studio, Jethro Patalinghug, and Neil Torrefiel for their continued support, encouragement, and for always believing in my potentials.
Personal Photo: Filbert Kung