Behind The Lens #105: Creative and Storyteller Victoria Turcios

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Meet Victoria Turcios, a Guatemalan content creator based in Minnesota. Victoria is a dynamic creative and storyteller and she authors the blog Visual Vitality. Victoria is also the ambassador for Alchemy365 and The Coven. Read on to find out more about creative journey!

What did you do in college?

 I’m just about to graduate college. I’ll be finalizing my Bachelors of Fine Arts in graphic design, with a minor in marketing from the Concordia University St. Paul. I also have an Associates degree in visual arts, along with a certificate in core media, and one in graphic design from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. I took a year off between both schools, so it’s exciting to graduate in May despite the current situation we’re all going through.

 What are the things that matter to you the most?

 A few of the things that matter to me the most are friends and family, community, social justice, environmental causes, as well as self-care because it plays such a crucial role in maintaining a grounded, and mentally/emotionally healthy lifestyle.

What does a typical day in your week look like?

I’ll give you the typical quarantine day given what we’re living through right now, and how important it is to address that change in daily lifestyles. I’ll wake up early during weekdays to be active during online class lectures. This typically goes from 8 am -2 pm every weekday. After online classes, I’ll usually join my family for lunch, since I’m at home with them. The remainder of my weekdays will either include some Alchemy 365 workouts/yoga, working on freelance projects, planning upcoming social media and blog content, as well as binge-watching movies or streaming shows. I’ll also add in self-care moments, of facemasks and sneak in some naps to remain rested and energized.

Are there key people or books that have moulded you? 

 There’s so many books, people, and publications that inspire me, mainly because I’m constantly looking for sources of inspiration to fuel my work. I’ll give you a mixed list of three to narrow things down, the famous art director Alexey Brodovitch, the badass Anthony Bourdain, and 1984 by George Orwell have been crucial to moulding who I am today. I’ll share a bit as to why they’ve been so important, Brodovitch used his skills in design, and photography to widely impact magazines as we know them today, so his passion for innovation is something I admire and draw inspiration from. Anthony Bourdain, man, where do I even begin. I adore food, and as an immigrant, I genuinely feel that travelling can shape you into a better human being, what better person to learn about that than from him? Now for Orwell’s 1984 book, I know it’s dark and usually has quite a pessimistic outlook on a lot of topics, but it truly teaches the reader a lot of valuable lessons. That book has inspired a lot of the ethical importance in truth and transparency that I prioritize, and support, because words have so much power and it’s up to us to decide how we let them shape our lives, and that of future generations.

 How has your experience been in building your community online? 

 Building a community online has been a treat for me, while it hasn’t been easy as I juggle part-time jobs and school, it’s always fun to connect with people who live in different places, and lead different lives than I do. It’s also taught me a lot about possible career opportunities, developed my communication and content creation skills further, and my online community continues to be a source of inspiration for me, so it’s been quite crucial for my growth as a creative.

Where do you see yourself in the future? 

 That’s always such a tricky question, in all honesty, given the current situation, I genuinely don’t know where I see myself in the future. I’m someone who thrives on planning my day to day life and other big decisions. However, the pandemic has indeed served as a reminder that it’s okay to let go of those expectations. I would love to start my agency or startup someday. An alternative to that would be to lead a creative director role in the agency world, or for a fashion magazine. In saying that the future is now totally open to any and all possibilities. As a young creative entrepreneur, I’m excited about the future and what it could mean. For now, I’m merely focusing on living in the moment and making the best out of this time. 

We hope you enjoyed it and we thank Victoria Turcios for this interesting interview.

Find and Follow Victoria Turcios

Instagram: @visualvitaliti

Website: Visual Vitality

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