We had the good fortune of connecting with Ydaiber Orozco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ydaiber, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Balance was something I always looked for; however, I have learned that for me, balance is the ability to do many things I love. I grew up in a traditional home where balance was having a job and a family life, but I discovered that I thrive when I’m balancing more than that, when many things light me up and when I have the option to change my mind if I want to.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I grew up in Venezuela having two big loves: Acting and Cooking. When I was 11, I produced my first play and while I learned the basics of cooking with my grandmother, I have always approached the kitchen in the same way as I do with my art: gut and intuition. I ended up studying Hospitality which gave me access to also learning techniques and years later I attended the Bill Esper Studio in NYC which did the same for me in my acting career. In a way, as an actor you are also an entrepreneur, which has taught me to be resourceful. I personally choose to have a side job so I don’t feel the financial pressure of not knowing where my next job is coming from. Is it easy? Not at all, there are days where I’m exhausted from a regular day at work and I have orders to prepare, auditions to tape, marketing to do, and a post-production meeting to organize, but I’m the happiest when I’m doing it all. Spread + Nourish was born out of my own necessity of eat healthy and eliminate sugars from my diet. I wanted to create something that felt I could “Indulge Mindfully” and I know I have done exactly that. You can have a full-spoon of any my spreads and know exactly what is in it because I make each of them with my own health in mind.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In Los Angeles is very easy to gravitate towards the known landmarks, but for me, it’s all about nature even if it takes a little drive. My must-visit spots are a drive through the Pacific Highway to spend the day at Point Dume in Malibu, a desert visit to Joshua Tree Park including a stop at the peculiar Salvation Mountain, and a hike in Griffith Park. When it comes to food, I love taking friends to plant-based restaurants and see their reaction when they discover that the “Calamari” at Cafe Gratitude is actually coconut or that the “Queso” on the delicious Nachos from Gracias Madre is made with cashews.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, Leo Rod, he has been a champion behind everything I do. He is my biggest cheerleader, the one who will stay up all night by my side to make things happen. Now, he started his own business, Eros and Lu, which was inspired by our rescued dogs. It’s very exciting to share with him what I have learned, but also help each other grow together and independently.
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Leo Rod and Carova Photo