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Check Out Kristina Urribarres’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristina Urribarres.

Hi Kristina, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started making videos YouTube when I was attending ODU because I enjoyed watching other beauty and fashion bloggers and I thought at first that these girls were professional makeup artists. My first inspiration on YouTube was Michelle Phan. Then I realized a lot of these girls were making videos out of their bedrooms after watching a Good Morning America interview with Elle and Blair Fowler.

So I started making my own makeup tutorials and fashion try-on hauls. I taught myself how to edit my own videos by watching YouTube. Nobody else that I knew at the time in Virginia was interested in social media or any kind of filming, so I didn’t know anyone else who did anything similar. Then my channel started growing and I started working with brands and traveling out to Los Angeles for various events, such as Gen Beauty by IPSY. By that time, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media platforms became relevant as well and I enjoyed the atmosphere and opportunities that Los Angeles offered. So eventually I made the move across country alone and I don’t regret a thing!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It was challenging being the only person you know in the 757 Virginia area doing social media. People I knew just didn’t understand it because this was before the social media era truly started and also because there isn’t much film-making background in that area (versus growing up in Los Angeles, for example). But I still kept making my videos because I genuinely enjoyed what I was doing, even before I was making any kind of money from YouTube. And years later, after I moved to Los Angeles, the same people actually turned to me for advice because now that social media is growing in its size and leverage, those same people want to start their own YouTube channels as well.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I began as a makeup artist and fashion blogger on YouTube. But I was always a dancer and even though I didn’t post any of my dancing on social media, it was always something I enjoyed. Even when I worked concerts and shows dancing as a job, I didn’t think of it as work because it was so much fun for me. I love mixing different styles of music and dance, like belly dancing and EDM or Latin and dubstep. Music is something I truly enjoy and I like taking classes and learning new dance moves, like belly dancing, salsa, bachata, hip-hop, Indian style, etc. After moving to LA, I found others who enjoy dance and fitness just as much as I do and I wanted to grow in that area of my life. Especially now that the gyms have been closed in California due to Covid-19, I think fitness classes that are accessible or online are very important. After I was in bed for a month with Covid-19, I realized how important fitness and exercise was for me; not just physically but also mentally. So now I’m hoping to put my Zumba instructor certification to use and teach classes both in person (maybe in a park) and also online through the TurboFit app.

What matters most to you?
After being in bed with Covid-19 for a month and unable to exercise for months afterwards, I realized how much health and wellness matters to me, both physically and mentally. With indoor gyms and classes being closed for nearly a year in California, I started to see the toll in takes on my friends and I really am looking forward to teaching Zumba and other fitness classes again. When I was asked by TurboFit what makes me want to teach fitness classes, I remembered high school. As a cheerleader, I enjoyed the sport, but there were plenty of other cheerleaders who didn’t like me and didn’t make me feel welcome on the team. That’s something I remembered and I would never want anyone in my class to feel that way. It’s important to me to make everyone in my class to feel welcome, work out and become healthy while having fun.

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Photographers* Turbofit photos: @Joshua_Shelly Red dress photo: @ItsKGA White dress: @CodiPorts

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