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Rising Stars: Meet Mariana Aguilar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mariana Aguilar.

Hi Mariana, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Ever since I was younger, I have always been passionate about music, I learned how to play guitar when I was 13, would spend all my money on concert tickets and Cds and would try to listen to as much music as I could. And I never knew I could make a career out of it until one day, I visited a professional recording studio. That day I realized that I wanted to learn so much more about what the music industry had to offer so I started studying Music Production Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Puebla. While I was there, I tried getting myself involved in everything that was related to audio and music, so I had the opportunity to work in some of the most important venues in Mexico City and some small music festivals. Shortly before graduating, I decided I wanted to create my own music studio, so I cofounded Faceless Records which has given me the opportunity to get to know very talented people and artists. I have worked on podcasts, movies and short films, music festivals, and currently I am working with the band Robbers in their new EP which we’ll get to release soon.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being a woman in the music industry is a challenge since there is not much female presence. Most of my coworkers are male, so sometimes letting your voice be heard can be hard and you might feel intimidated or overshadowed by men since they can assume that because of being a woman, I might not be as capable or may not know as much as them. And this is a conversation that I have had with some other female engineers and artists in the music industry, it can be challenging to create your own space and to maintain it since you are always fighting to demonstrate that you have the knowledge and the skills to be an audio engineer.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Outside of being a music producer and audio engineer, I really enjoy having any kind of creative project in my hands, I have also worked with photography, video and media. Being able to work in other things besides audio has allowed me to exploit other creatives sides of me and has given me a wider perspective about how a well-rounded product should look and sound like in the end.

My main focus is still music and audio, but since working in other disciplines, I think I am also able to create diversity in what I do with sound since it allows me to drive the inspiration I find within other media into a sonic experience.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Get involved, be confident, and have an open mind. By going into different scenarios, you meet different people from all walks of life, and each one of them has a unique perspective on life, by talking to them you can expand your own ideas and ways of seeing the world.

Being confident allows you to talk to new people and having an open mind allows you to create a relationship with them, share and understand where they come from and who they are.

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