We had the good fortune of connecting with Yancy Trinidad and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yancy, how do you think about risk?
Risk is very tricky because at the surface it can look very scary and there is always that fear of failure. However, it’s actually an opportunity to assess your position and the outcomes of your possible actions. I have learned from my own experience that failure might actually provide you a better option that’s why I’m not afraid to take risks. I believe that through failure you’ll learn so many things about yourself. It’s the most effective way of improving. It will help you become more critical and make more informed decisions in the future. I’ve always been a risk-taker, I wouldn’t be where I am today without taking risks. Ten years ago I decided to shift industries from working corporate to creative specifically in the fashion and lifestyle industry. It was a very huge risk for me because there is a notion that there is no job security in the field that I chose. Now, I am typing a narrative declaring that I am one of the leading Event Specialists in the Philippines. And that is not enough. I am now taking another huge risk of immigrating to another country, start anew, and probably in another year, I will declare that I am glad I took that risk.
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 am an event specialist with a decade of professional experience overseeing highly successful events with some of the biggest brands and have worked internationally. I started from the bottom. From Production Assistant to becoming one of the leading Events Director in the Philippines. Since moving here in the United States more than two years ago, I have been so fortunate to be able to create shows for LA Fashion Week, New York Bridal Week, and produced events for Facebook all over the West Coast. It was not an easy journey but with hard work and determination, I am slowly moving towards where I am supposed to be. I am adapting to the ins and outs of the industry and I am not just enjoying it, I am getting better at it. Furthermore, like in the Philippines, I continue establishing and nurturing relationships as it is the key to maintaining status and relevance. Creating social currency opens a door to a lot of resources for future and repeat engagements. You’ll never know what you need until you need them. And you may have heard similar stories to mine but it so sweet narrating it to anyone who listens – I was just a small boy with huge ambitions living in the outskirts of the southern Philippines. I had big dreams but I never imagine 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.
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?
I would love to bring them to DTLA Arts District to visit the galleries like Art Share LA, Cleveland Art, Dejavita, Arts District Co-Op, and Hauser & Wirth. Then enjoy happy-hour in Arts District Brewing, an expansive beer hall, they have a lineup of unique beers, IPAs, and beer-friendly bites. I love the beach so will definitely spend an afternoon at Will Rogers State Beach for some sun tanning and sea. For dinner, I love Cecconi’s West Hollywood for Venetian style Italian cuisine or Gracias Madre for Vegan Mexican cuisine. And of course, 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 it with a Sunday brunch at Bacari W 3rd, a hidden garden oasis that offers tapas-style dining and bottomless mimosas.
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?
I would like to give a shoutout to my family especially to my sisters Kaye and JM, my mom Daisy, and my Nanay. They are my inspiration and my motivation to keep dreaming and do better every day. And I also would like to give a shoutout to my cute little nephew Milo, he is a 10month old son of my sister JM and her partner Hannah. He is giving me so much inspiration right now. We talk every day on video and he brings me so much joy. Babies are such powerful beings that they can instantly lift you up and remind you how simple life should be. I rely on my nephew for happiness especially now during these uncertain times. My friends and my family has been my biggest supporters and they always believed in me. And I am forever grateful to have them in my life.
Photo by Joshua Ko