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Meet Ana Sheila Victorino of Tamarindo Podcast in Lincoln Heights

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Sheila Victorino.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Up until a few years ago, I had followed a very traditional career path. I went to a top school, got my MBA, and had a tech career as a product manager but was feeling unfulfilled and not connected to community in LA. A few life-changing things happened in 2018. I left my tech job, started a stress and wellness company and I set some important intentions for the year.

One intention was to connect with more community, and especially the Latinx community. My other intention was to step into visibility and own my imperfect but important voice as a queer Mexican immigrant. I met the co-host of our podcast when I was working on fulfilling both of those intentions. I was on an Latinx LGBTQ panel and she came up to me after the panel. She later asked me to join her as the co-host of Tamarindo, and while in the past, I would have said no, I stepped into that same intention even more aggressively than before and said yes. Since I’ve joined in March 2019, we’ve greater established ourselves as a top Latinx podcast in LA. We were included in Oprah magazine in a list of top Latinx podcasts and have expanded our impact beyond just the podcast, to hosting podcasting workshops, fitness, and mindfulness events.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Running an independent podcast is difficult because you are constantly fighting to prioritize creating great content and working to monetize it. You have to think about everything! We are still working hard to grow the podcast and platform into what we envision it but are really excited about the momentum and traction we are seeing and feeling!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Tamarindo Podcast – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
We have a podcast called Tamarindo. I am one of the hosts. I had a stress and wellness company before so I inject those elements into topics on the podcast and into our live events.

Tamarindo podcast is a lighthearted Latinx show where hosts discuss politics, pop culture, and how to balance it all con ​calma​ (mindfulness). Through Tamarindo, we use levity to inform, inspire, and impact our community to be impactful citizens while protecting their wellbeing as much as possible.

We are proud of the value that we add to our listener’s lives that we provide through information, education, and inspiration and we feel it from the feedback we get. It’s so clear that the Latinx community needs content that resonates and relates with them and their experience. Because of the difficulty of getting enough authentic Latinx stories on TV and in movies, podcasts help fill this need and void.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We want to keep growing Tamarindo as a podcast and a platform that extends beyond just the podcast content.

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