In a pandemic-filled world, it is both rare and beautiful to see inspiring and motivating Latinas continue to push and thrive in their art and creativity.
Although it is challenging to continue working creatively, we are surrounded by our fruitful culture that continues to push the much-needed narrative of Latinas succeeding and sharing their personal advice for others to do the same.
One of our favorite media personalities is showing us just that.
We’re talking about Argentinian Daytime EMMY® winner, TV personality, bestselling author, and motivational speaker Gaby Natale.
The famous Latina is continuing to achieve her goals by implementing what she learned through countless interviews with like-minded successful innovators in more than ten years of journalism, which she stripped down to seven insightful archetypes.
Natale describes these characteristics as keys that we all have inside, ready to be worked on and nurtured for our own success. The specific details are all in her newest book, The Virtuous Circle, which recently came out this month, making her the first Latina signed with HarperCollins Leadership. She got involved in her project to the point of narrating the audiobook herself, using this as a way to intentionally express that it doesn’t take being a native speaker to lead, and of course, to relate to her audience with her accented narrating. We love a detailed queen!
We had a therapeutic chat with Natale to dig into what made her who she is now, including her two years of unemployment, the crucial importance of staying true to herself, her new book, and her entrepreneurship — and how she broke the barriers both inside and outside to achieve her goals.
How did you deal with unemployment for two years? With so much unemployment in our global state, what do you recommend to those going through the same?
I feel I can relate a lot to the class of 2020. They graduated, they wanted to take over the world, and the world had different plans. Things may be different, but at the core, it’s the same. What I mean by ‘the same’ is that you still have to be perseverant. You still have to be super committed to your vision.
I always tell people: inner voice over outer voice. Because in the moments when you feel more overwhelmed; in the moments when you think that the noise is the loudest, it is when you have to hold on to that inner voice, that inner vision. It’s always an inner voice over external noise.
Another thing that I want to remind people (because I’ve lived through that) is that when I lived two years unemployed, I mistakenly assumed that the lack of response, the lack of interest in the industry, and employment of my job was a reflection as a professional or even as a person. I mistakenly believed that if they didn’t call, it meant that what I have to offer means nothing or is worth nothing.
What I would tell people is that you make sure you don’t abandon your dreams prematurely [with these thoughts]. The problem is if we jump to permanent conclusions based on temporary circumstances. Circumstances will change, but if you set your mind thinking this opportunity will never happen to you, you’re going to abandon a dream that may be on your reach but that you left it prematurely.
What was your inspiration? How did you bounce back from those thoughts? What were your practices to find your inner strength?
Not every day was a good day. I don’t want to lie and tell people that every day was good when you have to wake up and have to start from zero, scrolling jobs and sending resumes; it feels like you’re on an empty island sending a bottle, and you don’t know if anybody is going to read it!
A couple of things I’d like to say is not to be too harsh on yourself because many of the times there are so many dynamics that you don’t control — especially right now — you are not going to be able to control the economy, the pandemic, the disruption in different industries; there are so many things that you are not in a position to manage.
When you’re in this search and weeks or months go by, and you don’t have results, so many people start punishing themselves, so many people start discrediting themselves, so the first thing is don’t be so harsh on yourself.
Showing up every day is a lot. It takes a lot of courage. Another thing is to keep seeing the world from a place of possibilities. Always remind yourself that wonderful things can happen even in difficult times. Because when we disconnect from our inner dreamer, which is one of the archetypes from The Virtuous Circle, that’s when things get harder because you show up every day, but you start believing nothing good can happen out of giving your best.
So keep believing! Sometimes it’s hard, but I think it is part of the key to persevering and moving forward in life. To believe in that vision even before you have the results to validate it.
Tell us more about The Virtuous Circle that just came out this month.
The Virtuous Circle is the product of interviewing pioneers, super-achievers, and successful underdogs for over ten years in arts, science, sports, business, etc.
One day, after finishing an interview, I asked myself, what do all these extraordinary people have in common? I started seeing similar patterns in their thought processes, in their mindsets, and that’s what I call The Virtuous Circle, which is composed of seven archetypes that live within all of us. It is our work to activate it.
One of the archetypes is the dreamer, the one who allows you to visualize your dream — we use that every day. Another is the warrior, which allows you to persevere. So it’s seven of them, and each one represents an aspect of how we relate, execute, and nurture our dream.
What are the challenges you’ve experienced as a Latina in the media industry, and how did you overcome them?
There are a couple of things that I’ve had to break. I always think that we have to break barriers. And what I mean is not just outside barriers but also inside barriers: our own self-limiting beliefs.
A couple of challenges I’ve had to face when I was working in front of the camera, at least during that time in the year of 2007 in a major television channel, is that I had to play the game of molding into some kind of stereotype in front of the camera.
One option was to transform into the ‘spicy’ Latina who did the weather and entertainment and needed to be seductive at all times. That was not me. The second one was the formal news anchor, the one that is reading the prompter with the deep voice and robotic delivery. I knew I was a spontaneous person; the best of me and the things that make me [who I am] would have had to be erased to fit one of these stereotypes. So I had to be real honest with myself. I want to be me, which meant not to fall into any of those stereotypes. That’s when I realized my next step was to become an entrepreneur and create content that would represent and embody Latinas with the dignity and respect that I believe we deserve. And that’s how the entrepreneur was born.
Other than this inspirational and self-help book, what other projects are you currently working on?
I launched a hair extension line! It’s called Welcome All Beauty. It started during the book tour when I was on the road and having to be ready in less than five minutes. We have all kinds of pieces for those who need to be camera-ready in less than five minutes. We Latinas love our beauty products!