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Meet Leah Cordova

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leah Cordova.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Leah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a Chicana, born to immigrant parents and a family of seven. I grew up with little means and few resources but that is also true for so many of us living here in Los Angeles. I am the face of many. So in a reality, I am no different. The only thing that distinguishes me is my purpose and calling. The facts about my life, where I was raised, how, with what means, to what family does not define me, or bound me. To this day, it has never been a chain, but my roots have been deeply rooted within me and have decorated me with fruits. Despite my unlikely circumstances my spirit always had a thirst for more- for a life that is grand, adventurous, free and wild. And thus, all my actions so far have been unconventional. I could not succumb to the mold this society imposed on me and assumed for me the 9-5 Job, the latest car, the home, a family- I wanted more out of life. I wanted to see truth, beauty, what is real and have sought it. I have traveled to many countries, lived in many cities, have worked in coffee fields, and have done writing residencies in Europe and I do not intent to stop. My heart wants so much more than a conventional life and like my heroes John Steinbeck, Frida Kahlo, Paulo Cohelo, Walt Whitman (to name a few) I will pave the way to the truth I seek however desolate it feels.

Great, 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 has definitely not been a smooth road. I have gambled my heart like a fool. I could go on to describe more but perhaps in conversation. However, my heart is the only thing I listen to. I always trust that despite reaching rock bottom my heart is the only true thing I possess and it is the one that keeps me going and gives me hope. Even if I have felt like a single star in the expanse universe, if there is but one tiny glimmer in the far distance, I hold on to life by a thread.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I love, that is what I feel I am supposed to do here. I love life. and I intend to give love, show love, be love- I am human of course, but I try and try again to do what I love. So, that is to write, to sing, to dance, to perform, to model, to be the picture I feel I need to be, the role model, and to say yes to life and all that it has in store for me whatever that may be. I am proud to say that I have traveled fearlessly, I have sung for people on a stage and on the streets, I have been photographed, and I have modeled, I have danced, and have gained a Master’s degree in the Arts and I hope to one day write a book. I am always in search for what is true, what is real, what is beauty. I’m not sure why, but I think that is what sets me apart. I’m a hopeless romantic, a fool, some might say.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I hardly consider myself a success. In fact, I lead a very humble life, with little means- still- I prefer it this way. I feel authentic this way. That is if success means making decent money and having some stability. Success for me would mean happiness. So in that retrospect, qualities or characteristics that I consider essential would be to have peace, love, positivity, lightheartedness, to be childlike, loving, adventurous, free, and a person full smiles and laughter.

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Esau Villasenor, Photographer; Francisco Quevedo, Photographer/Cinematographer

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