We had the good fortune of connecting with Devon Herrera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Devon, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’ve recently come to realize the cliche statement, that fortune favors the bold. Growing up, we’re taught to live in a limited mindset, even if our parents are perfect (I mean, is there such a thing?) – we see the ‘typical’ way of life through movies, television, our friends, teachers, etc. Consider picking a major, for instance. I had the most difficult time choosing just one thing, as I feared I would be stuck in a single career for the rest of time. Uhh, I love writing, physical health, fashion, performance, psychology, sociology… the list goes on. I ended up selecting Business with a minor in Communications, which pretty much covers everything, so I figured I’d be good to go. That said, I didn’t graduate – I could blame it on external circumstances – an ex-boyfriend that was less than ideal, or a proclivity for partying… but the truth is, I think I’ve always been scared to embrace everything I want out of life. Ever since I can remember, I wanted to “be famous” which sounds a bit gauche even typing out, but hey, if the shoe fits… I didn’t do much to dig further into what that meant or what was truly calling for me until my late-twenties, at which point I had an epiphany driving back home after watching an Oscar-nominated movie with my family. I started reciting one of the monologues in my car – tears and all, and I actually thought, ‘Devon, what the hell are you doing? You’ve loved performing your entire life – you’ve always been enthralled with movies as a whole, and you’ve done nothing about it…’ I can’t be positive those were my exact thoughts, but I’m certain I’m not far off. So, with that began my Google search into acting classes; don’t worry – not in the car as I was driving… I was eager, but not a lunatic. Research complete, I called the Howey Acting Studio and scheduled an interview, and within a week, I was in the beginner class, where I received extremely positive feedback. I felt my spirits heighten and became more aligned with my true self. Within a few months, I was bumped up to the advanced class where I met some of the people I’m now closest to. Somewhere sprinkled in the middle of my studying lines and performing scenes in class, I also decided I would start a blog. I didn’t want a fashion or beauty blog, because 1- I saw zero way for me to stand out, and 2- because I wanted to cover a wide, wide range of topics, including stories from guests about their trauma, perseverance, politics, and passions – really, everything under the sun. Again, I was feeling more aligned with my authentic self, but there was still something in my life that didn’t exactly feel… right. Ahh, okay, there it is… just my relationship of nearly eight years. After an hour-long session with my therapist, I realized what I had to do; I needed to end what was no longer serving me. And let me tell you, once I closed that door… wow – the flood gates opened. It was like hitting the bonus round in a video game (which, actually I have no idea what that’s like as I haven’t played a video game since maybe elementary school). But, the universe just kept throwing all the tokens (?) my way. After a brief conversation with an inspiring friend, I decided rather than renting a house or apartment for an extended period of time, I would try and purchase my first home; my first offer was accepted and I’m currently sitting in my office of said home with a lovely view of the blue sky and willow tree next door. I was connected with a magazine in LA that I had the great fortune to write for. I had a meeting with a filmmaker that agreed to collaborate on future writing/acting projects with me and my friends. I decided to make a Bachelorette parody video – did I know how to edit, layer music, and add voice-over? Nope – but I sure learned. My point is – with each step, I recognized these limits are all fabricated – I understood I have the ability to make my own reality, truly, and it’s been the most empowering realization I could imagine. Even now, as I sit here writing, I can appreciate the fact that someone reached out asking me to share my story, and I hope to circle back some day, as I know with all of my being, that it’s only up from here. In conclusion, chase your dreams – they’re calling you BECAUSE they’re meant for you. Also, if anyone knows how to master the Nest thermostat, I’d love to connect, as that’s one hurdle I haven’t been able to jump over… my fingers are entirely too cold. -Devon Herrera IG: @the.social.muse
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’ve always been a creator at heart – through actual drawing, painting, dancing, making food, choreographing, writing, pretending I’m on a talk show, walking people through how to clean their bathroom, or decorating a space. My intention for The Social Muse brand will be to squash all limitations and allow it to unfold as the universe sees fit. For now, it includes blogging, interviewing individuals, and podcasting with my sister about life, but I can see infinite possibilities for future routes, including my deep, deep desire to collaborate with other like-minded, creative individuals.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, my best friend has since left Arizona, so I’d say this is a fitting question. Let’s briefly live in a world where COVID is not in the picture and say I’m with a group of five close girlfriends… it’s March and they’re all staying at my spacious new house; the fridge is stocked with oat milk, eggs, Siete tortillas, non-dairy cheese, and flavored soda waters. We cook breakfast together in the morning, and the champagne is available for any of those that want to indulge in a mimosa – it is their vacation, after all. From there, we’d get ready and head to a Spring training game, followed up by lunch at the Montauk, and some shopping at Fashion Square. Man, that sentence sounds like the most basic white girl thing I could’ve said… Moving on… We’d certainly make a day trip to Sedona, exploring the amazing crystal shops, consuming the fresh, rich foods, and live music while enjoying an aesthetically pleasing backdrop of the town’s red rocks. Hiking Camelback would be on the agenda, as would visiting the Desert Botanical Garden, hitting a farmer’s market, enjoying a boujee dinner at Maple & Ash, wandering by the Old Town Scottsdale shops, certainly, one night would include getting a table at a nightclub, because your girls love to dance.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I, ALONE, deserve ALL the credit. Hah – could you imagine the narcissism? Umm, no, I’d say it began with my dive into Lacy Phillips’ company – To Be Magnetic – walking through the unblocking, unlearning, and deprogramming we must do to manifest the life we want. Sounds cliche as hell, but it’s true… we can WANT all the things in the world, but if we don’t feel worthy of them, they won’t come to fruition, thus, creating new neural pathways in the brain, yada yada. In terms of people that have inspired me and brought me to where I am now – I could drone on and list everyone out as people do in their Oscar’s speeches, but I’ll save it for my actual on-stage speech someday and say I’ve learned something from everyone I’ve interviewed, I’ve been encouraged by my friends every step of the way, and I’ve been supported by my family in all of my growth. Also, big shouts to the universe – showing me how to live with love and trust and all that woo-woo-sounding shit.