Interview with Andres Palencia (@andrespalencia)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I was always interested in writing and storytelling, but growing up I did not really see anyone like myself on TV. So at first I was just fascinated with writing and telling the stories of people like me who lived both the mainstream American experience, but also the experience of coming from a Latino family. As I started my career as a writer for TV on series like “The Zoo” and “Wachale” on LATV, it became increasingly clear that there was a huge representation gap when it came to latinos like myself in entertainment beyond just writing, so I decided to become as versed in very aspect of production and entertainment as possible. It was by adding skills to my toolkit that I was able to develop into the CEO of Latino Alternative TV, a role I feel very fortunate and full-filled to get to call my 9-5.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting thing that happened to me as a CEO of a TV network and media company is just how it’s always a surprise to people that companies like ours exists. We are one of a single-digit number of Certified-Minority Owned TV networks for Hispanics in the country and people are shocked that we’re able to continue to be independent and not be gobbled up or watered down by the mainstream.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Burn out is real, and given that many of us have had to turn our homes into our offices, it seems like more and more people have a difficult time pausing, resting and feeling like they can recharge. It’s becoming increasingly important to set clear boundaries and expectations and share them. While the pressure to always be at 100% still exists and the competition in fierce, it doesn’t mean there isn’t some time to breathe and it’s much better to plan for it and inform those around you of how and when you need your time to yourself instead of letting it all add up and cause you to miss work or deliver lesser quality.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
The success I’ve had is only due to the fact that at every step in my career I’ve had people around me who challenged me to be better, listened to me and elevated me. Because I’m in the entertainment field it’s been the creative collaborations that I’ve had with folks like Humberto Guida, a brilliant producer and journalist and Bruno Seros-Ulloa the president of LATV that have helped me grow the most. Working with people who are very talented at what they do and complement your own skillset is essential in honing your own abilities in and learning what you should or should not take on to grow.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I can say that I’m most proud of the work we do to provide opportunities to incredibly talented Latinos who are trying to break into the entertainment industry, but do not have the access of their more privileged peers. I’m extremely proud not only to be able to lead a company that is creating roles where Latinos have their first opportunities in entertainment, but it’s also a huge source of pride how many careers I’ve seen take off because of the access and growth they were able to achieve at LATV.
Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“My favorite quote is ” Rules are for people who don’t know what they’re doing.” It means so much to me because it’s a snarky and rebellious way to tell you to be yourself and do what interests you most. Rules, expectations, limitations often exist because the right person has not yet come along to challenge them, so whenever there’s an obstacle or challenge based on some norm or rule to something I believe very strongly in, I challenge myself to demonstrate that I can be the exception.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow me on instagram and twitter at @andrespalencia or find Latino Alternative TV on all platforms at @LATVNetwork
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Saying thanks to people who supported me. Latino Alternative TV (LATV) is a pioneering bilingual media company elevating the Latino voices redefining culture. LATV Studios is an incubator for rising talent, a platform for genuine expression and a welcome guest in millions of homes through our national TV network, digital publishing site and LATY streaming app. We are a minority-owned and operated company committed to providing authentic content that is created by Latinos for everyone. With content pillars emphasizing Latino culture, Latina empowerment as well as LGBTQ+ and Afro-Latino pride, we are committed to visibility and accurate representation of our community.