Ana L. Flores

Mar 07, 11 Ana L. Flores

♦ Ana L. Flores has over 15 years of experience as a television/entertainment producer and content creator, with a specialty in the U.S. Hispanic industry.
♦ She is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby.com, the online community for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids.
♦ Most recently, she launched Latina Bloggers Connect, where she creates strategic digital campaigns connecting brands with bloggers.

City you live in:
Los Angeles

Occupation and why?
I was a TV Producer for 15 years and worked primarily within the Hispanic market with companies like Univision, MTVLatinamerica and mun2. I left my job at mun2 after my daughter was born because I wanted to be a full-time mom and knew I would make a comeback as soon as I was ready to. The comeback came, but as a blogger. I completely reinvented myself in a medium where I could put to use my accumulated experience as a content creator for the Hispanic market. That´s when SpanglishBaby, the blog I co-founded with my best friend from college, Roxana Soto, was born.

A regular day consists of?
Insanity! I struggle every day with finding a way to organize my life and stick to the to-do list, but the emails, conference calls and client requests always deviate me from my plan. I´m glad motherhood taught me to let go of my plans and flow with the day.

How do you define success?
Success is waking up every morning and feeling excited about the day ahead. Success is also defined, in my book, by how much I am able to share and pay it forward. I´ve learned that the best way to grow is by helping others grow as well.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Different challenges at different stages of life. Maybe my most consistent challenge has been believing in myself and not validating my worth or success through others´ vision of me. If I don´t believe in myself and what I do, no one will. I have really worked on that one at many levels and I feel I´ve moved forward big time.

What advice would you give a Latina who wants to follow in your footsteps?
To just jump into it never doubting that she´s capable of creating anything she envisions. But she needs to really, really want it. When you really want something you will do whatever it takes, without animosity towards others, to make it a reality. Also, expect to work very hard at it. The rewards and satisfaction make it worth it.

What’s on your bucket list?
I want to spend a week in Oaxaca and bring together my girlfriends from various stages of my life so we can bond, cook, eat, drink and be inspired in one of the most magical and artistic cities.

I am proud to be Latina because:
we were raised with the best of two, or more, cultures which infuses us with passion and an open mind.

How do you get your Latin fix?
Listening and singing out loud to classic Marc Anthony and Shakira songs. I live in LA, so it´s very easy to get my Latin food fix of pupusas and chilaquiles verdes!

Spanglish, English, Spanish?
Spanglish all the way! I am completely fluent in both English and Spanish and learned both at the same time, however I am much more comfortable speaking with someone who can switch to Spanglish with me.

My favorite Latina stereotype is:
That we can all move our hips! Yes…I can!

Favorite home remedy:
Eucalyptus, honey and cinnamon infusion for a cold.

[fun] ♦ I once gave up my career as a TV Producer to train to become a Yoga instructor.
♦ I went to live in a magical little pueblito in Mexico to manage an aromatherapy store and live like a hippie. Been there, done that![/fun]

[career]♦ Appearing on the cover of the December, 2010 issue of Hispanic Business Magazine as part of a feature story titled: The New Face of Social Media.
♦ Oh, and interviewing Lenny Kravitz for MTV! Guapísimo![/career]

[description]“El momento más obscuro del día es justo antes del amanecer.[/description]

10 Comments

  1. Asbel Perez /

    No longer will Hispanic/Latina women take a back seat. Today they are leaders in industry, role models, and mothers. Hispanics are here to stay, and to make their mark on the economy of this country. Hispanic women like Ana pave the way and inspire other Hispanic/Latina women that everything is possible.

  2. Ana L. Flores /

    Thanks to La Cosmopolatina for including me in this series. I´ve been in awe of the women you´ve featured, so it´s an honor to be here.

    @Asbel, thanks for your kind words.

  3. Carrie at TikiTikiBlog! /

    Ana rocks. She is the total package of smarts, drive and kindness and beauty.

    Anyone following the online media explosion in the Latino market — and the general market — needs to watch her.

    She’s going places.

    And yes, she is my dear friend, so I know.

    Pa’rriba!

  4. Patricia /

    Surprised to see her here, yes! But never doubtful of her capacity in all areas! May these be proper of Latin America or USA’s. She is fantastic! Lili, what a daughter you have! A perfect mother and wife as well!

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