2 min read July 2022 – Michelle, office manager for Capital Analytics, shares her background, impactful experiences and previous work. Michelle also shares her most memorable travel destination and favorite movies.
Where did you grow up?
I am originally from Ecuador. When I was twelve I moved to the United States, but before that I lived in Spain for three years in between. Since then I have lived here. I completed middle school, high school and college in the U.S. My dad had moved to the U.S. years before us in order to support us and give us better opportunities. Once my dad was economically stable, he brought us here to the U.S. to join him. For many years I lived in Maryland. I also lived in New York for a short period of time, and then I decided to move to Miami where I have been for the last six years.
What are your hobbies?
Traveling is my favorite hobby. I am very fortunate to have been able to start traveling at such a young age. In total I have been to more than twenty different countries. I have been to places in Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, South America and Asia, but not Africa yet.
Where did you go to college and what was your major?
I went to the University of Maryland where I studied business administration with a concentration in communications, which is something very useful to me at the moment because I manage the office and handle a lot of business transactions yet I’m very involved in many details of every publication on the creative side. I always saw myself entering a position like this with the degree I was pursuing. I don’t have the most typical college experience because I was working very hard the entire time. I was given a full ride scholarship, but I also had to work full time to continue to support myself. Being a full-time student and employee was very challenging. So, for me, college was overcoming challenges and obstacles.
What did you do before you came to CAA?
I actually have a lot of different experiences from different industries. When I was fresh out of college I had an internship with Univision in Washington D.C., which I really enjoyed. I also worked for Bank of America for many years, and currently I’m part of the fashion segments at Despierta America morning show in Univision that I really enjoy doing. I learned a lot from the different industries I’ve worked in. I also believe it is important to work in different industries to figure out what it is that you like.
If you had one movie that you could watch for the rest of your life what would it be?
That’s a tough question. I like Marvel movies, Fast and Furious, and Bad Boys. I’d probably have to go with Fast and Furious though.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
My dad. I would never have come to the U.S. if it wasn’t for him, and I never would have had the opportunities that I was given. He came from Ecuador and made a life from nothing. He gave me my citizenship and he opened so many doors for me.
Have you ever considered living in a different country where you also have citizenship?
Well, I did live in Spain before and have traveled around, but I don’t think I am going to be moving to another country permanently. I did use my Ecuadorian passport to enter Russia and purposely hid my American citizenship because I was afraid they would kick me out. That was really cool because Russia is surprisingly different from what we hear about. Moscow was a very beautiful and wealthy city to visit.
What has been your favorite country to visit?
I can’t pick a favorite country because there are so many that I like, but Paris does stand out as a highlight to me. I love the architecture, fashion and food scene that the city has to offer.
If you were to be an animal, what animal would it be?
A horse, because I love horses and horseback riding. They are beautiful, courageous, free and feisty animals. They are considered very intelligent and graceful, but can also be very frightening to people who don’t understand them.