We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Torre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vanessa, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
At heart, I have always been a creative and expressive person. Yet, I spent over two decades working behind a desk in a fast-paced corporate environment. I always felt an aching toward something that felt more connected to who I am. As I got older, that aching became nearly urgent. I knew that if I didn’t foster the creative parts of myself, they would just die away. Eighteen months ago, I put a plan in motion to move from the corporate world into a career that made my heart happy. The result was Vanessa Torre Creative, my own business focused on bringing words to life. Through writing, editing, and podcasting, I have found a way to connect to the creative parts of myself that were lying dormant. It took a year and a half of working two jobs to set myself up to make the leap. I pulled the trigger earlier this year and my heart and soul feel like they are in the right place. It was exactly what I needed to keep a part of myself alive that I have always cherished, but neglected.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My love of words started at an early age. I majored in English in college and have felt compelled to write since then. Of course, I placed my art on the back burner to pursue more traditional ways to make one’s living. This created a long road for me but I eventually grew into a space where I knew that if I didn’t honor what I felt was imperative for me to pursue, some part of me would go to waste. I write from a very real, honest, and vulnerable space, and putting myself out there in that capacity is terrifying. Once I started publishing personal essays, I found that they resonated with people. As a result, media outlets started reaching out for syndication and my essays have now been read over 1.3 million times in two dozen publications. I think authenticity draws people in. This led me to start my podcast, I Hadn’t Considered That, as a space to encourage conversation about real topics that we face as human beings.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Having just moved to Downtown Phoenix, I am continually amazed at the vibrancy that surrounds me. A short walk in any direction lands me somewhere amazing. I love the idea of trying a progressive dinner downtown with a small bite to eat or something to drink at several places. Of course, the starting place would be my favorite restaurant, The Farish House, a woman-owned business with an ever-changing menu. The nightlife here is incredible and a walking tour of downtown’s speakeasies is a must. Art is everywhere, from the colorful street murals to installations at the Phoenix Art Museum. Certainly, journeying out to find live music would have to happen. The local music scene is hotter than ever and there is someone playing incredible music every night of the week. There is nothing better than sitting on a beautiful patio with music filling the air.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been so many changes in my life over the last year. I firmly believe in building a tribe of people who understand you, want to see you thrive, and support you in your endeavors. I call this group of a dozen or so people my Life Committee. Their encouragement has been nothing short of amazing.
Deanna Dent Photography