Today we’d like to introduce you to Bella Guerra.
Bella, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up as a child, I quickly learned the value of hard work and sacrifice. My mother always played the role of both parents and tirelessly worked up to four jobs to provide for me and my two older brothers. By fifteen years old, I learned to become independent and self-sufficient when I watched my peers get things I didn’t have the luxury of affording. I grew up in one of the wealthiest cities in the country on a low-class income and it really impacted the way I carried myself in my journey. In retrospect, although extremely tough growing up in that kind of environment when you don’t feel like you belong because of status, I have been incredibly blessed to have always been paired with the right people who’ve believed in me.
I spent all my free time outside of school studying or in extracurriculars. My mother didn’t allow for idle hands and college was always the goal. There wasn’t a real plan financially on how I was going to get there but the path was clear. My brothers and I would be the first generation in the U.S to get a four-year degree. Being the youngest of three and the only girl, there’s always been this pressure that I couldn’t fail so I worked extra hard to find opportunities that would allow me the freedom my peers seemed to have that I wanted.
By age 12, I got my first scholarship through Burlingame Rotary Club where they provide considerable financial aid (for college) and extensive volunteer resources to local students. I was granted the opportunity to be paired with an incredible mentor who helped me find the pathways to a better education, developing a solid work ethic, and a means to attend a four-year university. Through this program, I was also exposed to many community leaders like CEO’s, Presidents, and business owners which allowed me to experience first hand what kind of life I could really make for myself if I stayed focused on the prize to one day become a successful business owner. My motivation however has always been knowing that the path of success will allow me to really make a difference in this world, with my family and those less fortunate.
I joined the workforce at a young age at just 15 years old where I found my passion for event planning early on. After successfully hosting a pasta feed for 200+ people at a local homeless shelter, I knew I wanted to keep pursuing events career-wise. I volunteered and interned any chance I got through my teenage years and college to gain as much experience as I could.
I understood networking and experience meant everything in the “real world” so when I left college I was so grateful I had positioned myself to land a great job with a respectable non-profit in San Diego. I ended up managing all their fundraising efforts for the San Diego and Mexico office for two years where I was able to cultivate my event planning and design skills producing $1 million galas and creating media pieces for international and local campaigns. Needless to say, it wasn’t long before I discovered my love for photography since everything I did involved some kind of media. I eventually joined the photography team at church and had the unique opportunity to learn low light photography with some of the best mentors in San Diego (Ernie & Fiona Photography).
Fast forward to 2019: I am now living in LA where my love for both events and photography has turned into Bella Guerra Creative. After 11 years of working hard and building, I am freelancing full time and excited to see what this city will bring in my next chapter of life.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Never. Actually believing in yourself and going after your dreams will give you the gift of struggle time and time again. Financial status oftentimes made me question myself and I didn’t know if it would always be that way. There have been times during the transitions of moving to new cities when I had nowhere to sleep besides in my car. You learn early on the path to your dreams will require incredible sacrifice. Discipline, focus, patience, confidence – these four key components to achieving your heart’s desires will be tested like clockwork. Ultimately, silencing the mind when it tells you to quit has been and continues to be my biggest challenge but truly humbling when you can get through those moments wiser and confident knowing that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
Bella Guerra Creative offers:
– Event Planning/Design, Event Consulting & Strategy, and Day of Coordination.
– Content Strategy & Marketing.
– Photography (Fashion, Music, Lifestyle, & Travel).
I am most proud that I have a solid team of people I can always rely on to jump in on any project to help my vision come to life. I am also very humbled to constantly receiving accolades from clients and that I am able to run my business through a strong referral system.
I believe what sets me apart from others is my extensive years of experience because it’s allowed me to approach every project with precise detail and diverse perspectives.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me means to live each moment with a positive attitude, intent, and gratitude for life while maintaining loving and healthy relationships with yourself and others. Understanding that one has never arrived will save you a lot of trouble when you start chasing your dreams. Success is an attitude and a mindset.
- Website: www.bellaguerra.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: bellaguerra_
- Other: www.linkedin.com/in/bellaguerra/
Ernie & Fiona, Bella Guerra