Mercedes Sanchez

Apr 28, 11 Mercedes Sanchez

City you live in:
New York City (Manhattan)

Occupation and why?
I’m the founding editor of  BeChic Magazine (BeChicMag.com),  an independent blog where I cover fashion, beauty and entertainment via blog posts and also through my digital lifestyle channel BeChicTV.  I have a background in journalism. I started my career as freelance features writer at the New York Post, and I’ve also worked at NBC and LATV as a segment producer. Today, I’m working on expanding BeChicMag.com and hoping to make a career out of the site. Until then, I have a part-time gig in the public relations department at a local college.

A regular day consists of?
My day begins by deciding which hat I am going to put on first: will it be the blogger, producer or part-time publicist? Just as my mind is mixed with different ideas and priorities, so is my desk! Papers, notepads, calendars and wires everywhere. There are days I go into the day job with my regular purse on one arm, and a tripod and camera on the other. Balancing the two can get overwhelming, but for now it’s manageable.

How do you define success?
Success to me means making the best out of any situation. I am happy with the decisions I’ve made and the risks I’ve taken, but personally, I will feel most successful when I can live off my business, be debt free and be able to offer my help to those around me.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Deciding which route to take when NBC didn’t renew contracts a few years ago and when my last employer moved production to Los Angeles. I contemplated going to graduate school and pursuing corporate communications once and for all, but I’ve decided to dedicate my efforts to my online business while I have the flexibility and the freedom to do so.

What advice would you give a Latina who wants to follow in your footsteps?
I would say, make sure this is your passion. As fun as it is, sometimes it’s not the most stable lifestyle and to stick by it, you have to love it! I would also encourage having a mentor, networking, internships and keep your writing and creativity fresh.

What’s on your bucket list?
I still haven’t made it to Spain (I know…!!) It’s a trip I must do and not just for a week. I also hope to write a book or two.

I am proud to be Latina because:
We do it all! For the most part, we speak two languages, we’re bicultural, we know how to love and put family first.

How do you get your Latin fix?
Family get-togethers and listening to old school bachata- reminds me of my high school years and visits to Dominican Republic.

Spanglish, English, Spanish?
All three.

My favorite Latina stereotype is:
That we’re fiesty– I like to think we don’t take no for an answer and with grace, will make things happen for the best.

Best advice from mami and/or abuelita:
Do everything with love- whether it’s a chore, job or balancing a home, do it all with love. And, with God, nothing is impossible.

Favorite Quote
“Success to me means making the best out of any situation.”

[fun]♦ I applied for The Apprentice last year for their season on professionals who have been laid off. I met with the producers out of Trump Towers in New York. They told me I didn’t come off as “mean enough,” and I made it as an alternate candidate.[/fun]
[career]♦ Working in the 30 Rockefeller building producing lifestyle segments at NBC. Interviewing Anna Wintour, Nigel Barker and Galina Espinoza on BeChicTV! Being invited to a private tour of beauty science labs in Ohio and being described as an “online beauty influencer,” by a national brand.[/career]
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