Sandy Velasco is an LA-based actor, performer and comedian. After receiving her degree in Mathematics from UCLA, she went against all that is logical and started to pursue a career as an actor and a writer. Comedy has always been a big part of her life so naturally she surrounded herself with people that made her laugh. She trained at the Lembeck Comedy Workshop, became an improviser through Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), and even learned sketch writing at UCB. A highlight is her standup comedy debut at the famous Ice House Comedy Club with Cool Beans Comedy. She is a current troupe member of ImprovCity. In addition to film work and her writing, she’s also blessed to be a part of the theater community in Los Angeles.
Sandy shares how an opportunity to go to Japan to help with the relief of tsunami victims made her realize she has something to offer and make a positive impact in others. Check out her episode to listen to her story.
Sandy Velasco is an LA-based actor, performer and comedian.
Sandy is of Filipina and Chinese descent.
Favorite Self Confidence Quote
Don’t try to be successful, just be faithful.
Definition of Self Confidence
Self confidence is knowing who you are and what you can offer to others and the world and not having to feel like you have to defend yourself.
Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence
Sandy was confident growing up and knew that she was capable but it was conditional because much of it was dependent on others view of her. It was still filled with self-doubt and people pleasing. She was excelling in things she did because she wanted to prove herself to others. It translated in her academics, her career paths and even in some of her past relationships.
The “AHA” Moment
Sandy grew up going to church and believed in God so that was always her go-to when things get tough. After ending a very emotionally tumultuous relationship where she questioned herself and her worth because of her chosen career path in the arts, she once again turned to God. There she really took the time to revisit who she was as a person and as a woman and that she was created uniquely and with a purpose. Then immediately she had an incredible opportunity to go to Japan to help with the relief of tsunami victims. That trip didn’t ask for builders, healers, or engineers. They needed people to help survivors emotionally and to help lift their spirits. It was perfect for someone like Sandy who is a creative and an entertainer. All she did was be herself and help make a difference in their difficult lives through drama, arts and dance. That was such a transforming experience for her that really sealed this confidence in who she was.
Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence
Sandy’s life is more freeing and joyful. She is still growing in her self-confidence but now, she is more equipped to try new things, to explore and take more risks without feeling like failure is the end of the world. She guess that’s part of the creative process.
The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener
Know that you are unique and there’s no one like you in this world, so you are already special. Don’t be afraid to pause and re-evaluate. There is no shame in failure, it’s how you get back up that counts.
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