We had the good fortune of connecting with Olivia Mia Orozco and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Olivia Mia, when you are approached by someone at a networking event, what makes you want to connect with someone? What makes you want to avoid them?
Authenticity. If I meet someone at an event and they seem genuinely interested in the event, whether it be art or music and want to share their thoughts, then I want to talk to them. Too many people lead with a mindset of “what can you do for me” or “how can I use this person to get xyz.” I’ve been running an art gallery for the past few years, and could immediately tell who had an agenda and saw me as a means. Building relationships takes time and chemistry, sometimes you can feel the connection right away and sometimes it’s a slow burn or there’s nothing there at all, just like dating. I think networking is great in any career but it’s not a numbers game. If I go out thinking I really need to meet some new contacts, I aim at making 1-3 real connections. Going after the whole room feels cheap and almost never do those business cards get used. If I aim to connect with a human being one on one, I often meet exactly who I was meant to meet that night.  Life is all about timing.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Follow your passion and never stop evolving. I say I’m an artist who works with artists. My background started in dance, acting, and film since I was a child. It’s evolved now to also curate, direct and delegate from behind the scenes. I like to see the world from all angles. I’m most excited to work with hard-working driven collaborators. Dance has always been a team sport, for me, and has helped me look at all projects as collaborative creations. Having different artists to work with keeps things interesting. This past year I have been loving presenting a full-length dance multimedia show I created with collaborator Julienne Mackey. I look forward to presenting the show across the US and beyond. I work a lot with an installation artist, Laurie Shapiro, and am excited to see what new ways we can present her work. I’ve grown passionate about curating unique intimate experiences inside her installations. I used to want to be an architect and have found a strong connection to working with artists who create environments to move and interact with. This past fall I performed in a play, “La Sandunga, “ directed by Mccall Cadenas, inside Laurie’s “Alchemy Tunnel” at Radiant Space, the gallery I am the director of. This was a wonderful experience to be able to curate and perform in the same space. I love bringing together all the arts in one room as a catalyst for creation. I’m excited to continue creating new works. I have some dance films I would like to make and new live shows. I would love to produce a large art festival at some point. I love to travel and hope to present my work in other countries in a post covid era.

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?
If all these places are still open post covid, I would take my best friend for dim sum then walk around Chinatown. Go downtown and see the Broad, Hauser and Wirth and show them Union Station. If it was nice out I would take them on a hike up to the Observatory to see the whole city. Then for dinner, we would go to Korean BBQ in Koreatown. If they had another day, I would say a trip up to the Getty then the beach and dinner at Gjelina on Abbot Kinney. If they had more time I would definitely take them to Blum and Poe, LACMA and hang out in Silverlake and go to Cliff’s Edge, Pine and Crane, Night Market, Bar Stella, Thirsty Crow, and Majordomo. We would check out Curate LA and go to a bunch of art openings on a Saturday night and hit BCD Tofuhouse at 2am. If there was time, definitely a trip to Santa Barbara where I went to college! My favorite places to eat up there are La Super Rica, The Boathouse, and Cold Springs Tavern up in the mountains. I love to go wine tasting up there! A trip to Joshua Tree and Pioneertown is always fun in the springtime! I’m born and raised in LA and love my City of Angels!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh there are so many people I would love to give a shout out to! I work with some incredible artists who have all become good friends, here are a few of them you should check out! Ilaria de Plano, Laurie Shapiro, Montana Mills, Alexandra Carter, Daniel Adkins, Micah Moch, and Ibuki Kuramochi are a few! Their support and constant search for creative ways to live and make work keeps me motivated. Keep an eye out for Save our Souls, a new philanthropic platform I’m helping out on!

Website: http://oliviamiaorozco.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miaorozco/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OliviaMIaOrozco
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuXpN1YzpBxctDa-YkD1wVA?view_as=subscriber

Image Credits
Eden Bakti Michael Jon Leonard

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