The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Grecia Parra: Grecia Parra, Professional Chef, Lifestyle Blogger and Entrepreneur
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
GP: I have a couple of different hobbies, two of my favorites are photography and trying new restaurants. Photography inspires me because it gets me out of my comfort zone. I tend to be a little shy, but this hobby often forces me to be in sometimes awkward situations to really capture a moment. Some of these moments have even inspired my work, because I might see something in the image that I didn't see while I was capturing the moment.
Food has been a very important part of my life since I can remember. Discovering new restaurants is huge when it comes to finding sources of inspiration. The different cuisines and styles of cooking can really open up a whole new world and inspire me to create flavor combinations that I had never thought of before.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
GP: No, I haven't had that issue yet. I’m a big believer in only taking on projects that I am truly passionate about. This keeps me creative. I believe that if you stay authentic to your brand, your creativity is endless.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
GP: Lately I find that I have the most ideas late at night in my dark and quiet room. This is a blessing and a curse because at times it keeps me up way past my bed time! Now when it comes to productivity it is definitely in the morning! I tend to have the most energy and I get the most important tasks done early.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
GP: I have so many but I really try not to overwhelm myself with tons of goals at once. But as of today growing my brand and working on a cookbook/lifestyle book is a big goal of mine. I want to share my story, because I know it will help a lot of people who find themselves in the same situation that I was once in. I have a story to tell and my goal is to inspire women with similar journeys.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
GP: At the moment I am working on an easy meal plan that will help people make healthier choices. This will take some time because I am a perfectionist and I want it to be easy, delicious and of course healthy. I get told a lot by people that they want to eat healthier, but they don't know where to start. My goal is to help them. I want to give them the tools to succeed in their journey towards a healthier tomorrow. My creative process when it comes to cooking is just that... COOKING, some great music in the background and trying recipes over and over until I love them. This is why it takes me a bit longer. I want to create the best and most flavorful results.
TCU: What scares you?
GP: Not living. Regrets. Thats why I’m big on doing what you love, being spontaneous and doing whatever comes to mind. Like taking a trip or something as simple as going bowling for the first time.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
GP: Success to me is doing what I am truly passionate about and staying authentic while doing it. Working on my own terms and being able to provide for my loved ones.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
GP: Maybe this is cliche, but I REALLY live by this… YOU can do anything you set your mind too, you just have to work for it. Really YOU CAN. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!