Today we’d like to introduce you to Jesamine De Guzman.
Hi Jesamine, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Thank you for having me! Years ago, I interviewed for a Case Management role at a law firm. After meeting with a panel of 4, the Marketing Director gave me a call back a few days later.
“Hey, thanks for coming in! We really liked you and would love to hire you. But not for the Case Manager role; you’d be our Marketing Associate.”
I had never worked in Marketing before. I still, to this day, am so thankful I had been given that opportunity and was pushed outside of my comfort zone. It’s because of that moment of discomfort, that I was able to learn how to truly dominate being a Digital Marketer. It’s because of their belief in my willingness to learn that I was able to discover even more skills I didn’t know I had – writing articles and commercial scripts, SEO, HTML & CSS3, to building websites from scratch, running online ads, buying media, designing campaigns and most importantly, being the best Los Angeles Commercial Realtor possible.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
“What comes easy won’t last long, and what lasts long won’t come easy.”
Being in the LA Commercial Real Estate & digital marketing industry is a mostly male-dominant field. Being under 30 also didn’t help. There was always something said or some underlying skepticism laid out against me. The sooner I realized the amount of slander was to try to deter me from my goals, the easier it was to tune these out.
Eventually, my hard work and determination was enough to have my non-believers second guess themselves. Had I not taken that risk of discomfort, I wouldn’t have learned how strong I truly was.
Had I not taken that risk, I would not have become one of the youngest Commercial Realtors in my branch.
It was because of that risk; I was able to achieve my Commercial certification within the first three months of my transition.
Had I not taken that risk, I would’ve never learned that you’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with.
Had I not taken so many risks, I would not have realized my true potential – and it’s growing with every challenge I accept.
It’s because of those risks I am so thankful for my path and look forward to what challenge comes next.
“Risk-taking is essential, innovation is vital, and true innovation only occurs when people have courage.” -Robert Iger
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
In today’s world, opportunity is at every corner. Rather than putting all my eggs in one basket, I’ve dabbled into different hobbies and sources of income. Not only to support my livelihood, but also because I actually enjoy learning new skills and creating ways to monetize from them. My newest endeavors include voice acting, writing blogs and learning a new code – Python!
If a client wants their interests represented, I’ll do so in the best way possible – even if this means learning new skills to help achieve this. My willingness to stay current and consistently learn how to improve is what sets me apart.
How do you define success?
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
With all the opportunity in the world, there’s still room for failure. Success and failure go hand in hand.
I wouldn’t have truly understood what it meant to succeed without first failing. And I got to experience this a handful of times. The more I tried, I sometimes failed.
To me, success is the art of still going. Knowing I gave a project all that I could and having that client appreciate the hard work that’s enough to keep me content.