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Rising Stars: Meet Corey Guevarra

Today we’d like to introduce you to Corey Guevarra.

Corey, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I am first generation Trinidadian-American, I moved to the states when I was six years old with my parents and watched them build our lives from literal thoughts to things. I noticed at a young age two things! The first was that I was most definitely a creative and the second was that I immediately thought it both odd & unfair to have to decide [now] ONE thing (job/occupation) to be for the REST of my life! Since then, my life has been a culmination of all the art & dreams I could contain. I started writing songs when I was just eight years old & was actually offered a recording deal with a pretty major record label at the time. However, I think such a notion of notoriety was unsettling to my parents so I wasn’t allowed to move forward @ the time. By high school, however, they did catch on to the nurturing of my artistry and after auditioning I was accepted to performing arts high school as a vocal major/drama minor. The experience of concentrated creativity every day changed the trajectory of my life. I went on to get a degree in Journalism, Public Relations & Advertising @ Temple University & since then I have been a multi-hyphenate singer-songwriter – photographer – talent manager – publicist -journalist – wardrobe stylist – model – actor – art director – creative agency owner & now 1 of few POC publishers & editors in chief @ my 26 Men’s Luxury Magazine imprint.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I don’t believe in things like struggle & grinding, I learned long ago that “you are where your attention takes you” & so my focus always only exists in abundance, flow and least resistance. For me, everything is about alignment. All of our lives have a natural current, a stream, a flow & if we can quiet the noise, and lay back into our current, the stream will always flow us to exactly where we desire to go and are meant to be. So with that lens (even during moments of perceived misalignment), the road has always been smooth, will always be smooth. 🙂

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Honestly, it depends on when you met me, lol. I know societally, people feel most comfortable being able to identify others via a label (often occupational). In my teens and 20s, I was definitely known as a singer/songwriter. In my 30s talent management (managed 1/4 of all applicable* original Destiny’s Child music publishing, among other clients for five years!) As a photographer & video director, I’ve had the privilege of working alongside a wild myriad of creatives from Mario Lopez to Jake Paul to Sherri Shepherd, Kelly Rowland, Traci Ellis Ross, you name em! As a Journalist/Editor in Chief, I’ve had the most amazing experiences like immersing into the 6-star luxury of places like Amangiri, I’ve put together photojournalism pieces like ‘Paris by Night’ & have had deeply enlightening conversations with creative minds like Mehcad Brooks, Adam Rodriquez, Sir John Barnett, Rutina Wesley & so on! I’m probably most proud of my 26 Magazine brand. Though we’re still re-finding our footing from the ‘pandemic pause’, getting to celebrate creatives, create jobs for creatives and having people find value in something that once existed as just a thought in my head, always blows my mind!

What was your favorite childhood memory?
One of my absolute favorite core memories that was major for me because I believed it “unlocked” me and gave me “permission” to be creative happened when I was just 11 years old. It was the first time I’d heard my [now] favorite singer Brandy on the radio while riding in the car with my parents. When the announcer said how old she was (15 @ the time) everything in me sat up and paid attention and it was like a light was turned on! I was in awe not only by this huge sound that poured out of the [then] little girl but the unprecedented success that followed her thereafter literally created new neural pathways in my brain. It showed me that you absolutely can have an incredible, successful life from the creativity you were literally born with. From the very gift(s) you came here onto this plane of existence with! For that moment, that memory I will forever be grateful. Thank you Brandy 🙂

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