Today we’d like to introduce you to Perla Ramirez.
Perla, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My background is in performing arts. When I was in school, I was heavily committed to vocal performance, guitar, stage management, directing, acting, costumes/makeup, sound design, set building and even fitness. I graduated cum laude with my degree in Fine Arts. I double minored in Drama and Arts Administration.
I interned for 104.1 KRBE in the promotions and programming department. After graduation, I juggled anywhere from 2-4 jobs in marketing, restaurant, and fitness. It wasn’t until I found my full-time job as the Brand Programs Marketing Specialist at Salata that I understood my true passion.
I enjoy using art and culture to make an impact on the world. I enjoy taking topics that are important to me and diving into them deeply and passionately. I love to learn from people that come from all walks of life and educate others on how we can come together to spread love and positivity.
Some of the topics that are currently important to me right now are body positivity and health, empowering females, pride, culture and diversity, small businesses, and of course, the arts.
I find happiness in positivity. I want to bring light to the world, no matter how small.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As previously mentions, after graduation, I was juggling 2-4 jobs at a time. All of which, did not pay my more than 10 dollars an hour. It was extremely difficult, I was always tired, I was at my heaviest weight, I never had a day off and I was battling heartbreak and my mental health issues simultaneously. I was ready to give up on everything I dreamt of becoming.
I deal with anxiety and depression that stems from trauma. It often times dims my light quite a bit. I have learned to surround myself with people who will push me to be the absolute best woman I can be without making me feel like I need to change who I am.
I find comfort in allowing people into my life that make me feel the most like myself and bring out qualities in me others made me feel like were negative or a downfall.
Now I have no fear of being absolutely everything that I am, unapologetically. There’s only one of me and I’m so grateful for that.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My full-time job requires me to be an artist. I imagine big ideas that resonate a brand voice and execute them. I absolutely love everything that I do.
Personally, I am a brand of my own. I would be considered what is called a “micro-influencer” in the city of Houston. I have found that my content has become more popular as soon as I started coming into myself as a woman. I love bright colors, sports, music, fitness, food, and learning about all the different cultures that make up my home.
I am very “Houston” and I hope it shows. I absolutely love to explore the city to find new restaurants, bars, fitness studios, and casual spots to hang out with some of my closest friends. I am so proud to be from a city that celebrates diversity!
I would consider myself to be different because I am completely transparent. I want everyone to know how important it is to be the light in someone’s day but to also understand that it is entirely okay not to be okay. I want to be someone who is inspiring but also relatable. Transparency and relatability are not only extremely important in my day-to-day job but it is also important to me as a person and brand.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I owe all of my success to my family and friends.
My mom and my dad gave up everything for their kids to have a better life and for that, I am eternally grateful. I work so hard to make them proud.
My brothers absolutely made me who I am. I am overly emotional but I will pick myself up off the ground, dust off the dirt and keep on moving. Without them, I wouldn’t be stubborn. You need to be stubborn to get everything you know you want and deserve.
My family and friends do not dim my light but instead ignite my light to be even bigger and brighter than it already is.
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