Here are some things you cannot know about me from reading my resume. But first, some useful phrases to add to your vocab:
“Let’s get things done” is my mantra.
People say I’m sort of a marketing Olivia Pope.
Whether it’s a long-term project, or a client that needs their new cookie recipe produced into 5,000 cookies in three days (true story), I always deliver.
My friends and clients say that if you “call Kitty*, she’ll figure it out for us.”
*Kitty's my nickname.
I remember watching commercials in Venezuela as a 5 year-old thinking “I could make something better than that spot.” I believed for a long time that these thoughts would go through everyone’s minds.
I had an aha-moment when I made this rinky-dink video on my iPhone during a 30-minute bus ride down from Machu Picchu. I was on a press trip with Matt Armendariz, a well-respected food photographer. He saw it and said to me: “What the hell are you doing working for an airline!? You did that right now? Go do that for a living.”
That really planted a seed and honestly, I've never looked back!
I have been a reporter, a recruiter, and the head of social media for an airline - jobs were scarce when I graduated, so I had to tap dance to begin my career.
For a long time, I looked at this chaos as a disadvantage, but having to learn so many skills from the bottom up showed me what I was made of. You really can do anything with hard work and perseverance.
My background in recruiting fine-tuned my ability to quickly come up with resources/talent, which is one of my best skills.
I had not taken a real break, not even two days between jobs, in five years and was a textbook workaholic.
It caught up with me and I quit my job as head of partnerships for VIACOM + Karisma Hotels and Resorts.
Everyone thought I was crazy. I didn't really care.
My plan was to sleep a lot. I also wanted to spend some time in Venezuela, my home country and see my family.
Suddenly, former colleagues started to reach out, asking me to do projects for them. One of them was HispanicKitchen.com – they tasked me with producing their recipe videos. So far I've done 46 videos for them and over 400 recipe photographs with my team of freelancers. It's been a blast... but it takes me to point number 6.
Especially when it’s about U.S. Hispanic matters. What can I say? I’m a little weird. If you want to get a feel for it, check out my blog.
My year "off" has been a great journey. I became a self-made producer, created videos for big brands like TABASCO and P&G. Landed a client, on a retainer.
I am ready to keep going but this time for a large establishment so I can continue to kick ass. I know if I work for BuzzFeed I will contribute a lot - I have an entrepreneurial spirit but really appreciate the structure that a big company offers.
It would be a dream to work for you and be surrounded by THE BEST social media content creators.
I understand awareness of the LATAM culture is a must for this position. Here's the breakdown:
Ages 0 - 8: Caracas, Venezuela
Ages 8 - 17: Weston, Massachusetts
Ages 17 - 28: Miami, Florida (traveled extensively to LATAM for work)
Ages 28 - 29: All over, home bases are in Miami and New York
Miscellaneous: I speak and write perfect Spanish because my parents never learned English (they did try). My friends are mostly all "third-culture kids*", from different backgrounds.
*Third-culture individual as per your article: 3 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid