We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristina Guerrero and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristina, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is authenticity. What you see is what you get. As a TV personality, it is my goal that everyone I reach feels like the know the real me. So if you’re watching me on TV or having a coffee with me face to face, you’re going to get the same person.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been working in television for over 20 years starting my career as an intern fetching coffee to realizing my childhood dream of interviewing George Clooney on the red carpet while working at a host and correspondent on E! News. Today, I have the pleasure of hosting the syndicated show The List where my passion for lifestyle and television production collide.
When you’re a poor brown girl from a cowtown in Central Washington State, opportunities are not readily available and dreaming of a bigger life outside of your reality are not only discouraged but frowned upon. But there was something greater at play because a voice inside of me, told me that not only were my dreams possible but they were inevitable if I had the courage to go after them.
It’s easy to risk big when you literally have nothing to lose so that’s what I did. I made bold choices, pounded on doors, and wouldn’t take no for an answer.
I’ve not only been able to live out my childhood dreams, but I’ve also encouraged other brown little girls to pursue their own passions paving a way for a new generation of dreamers.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Spring time is the best time in Phoenix. First stop – Luci’s at the Orchard for some yummy coffee and breakfast. The outdoor patio is my favorite. While I’m no athlete, I love checking out a spring training game. I prefer the lawn seats with a blanket and a couple of cold beers. Grab a Chicago style hotdog if you go to Sloan Park and catch a Cubs game. Lunch – back patio at OHSO in Arcadia. On Saturday morning, walk the bridal path in Central Phoenix to the Uptown Farmers Market for a taco truck breakfast burrito. We must sit pool side too! The Sanctuary pool is magical and if we’ve got the kids in tow, the Fairmont Princess Sunset Pool is a must. For dinner, Steak 44, Hearth 61 (Mountain Shadows Resort), or Roka Akor for sushi!
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?
Shoutout Mateo and Sebastian! My boys ground me and give me perspective, reminding me that no matter what kind of career success I achieve, my most important job is Mommy.