MP: What makes you come alive or inspires you?
Patricia Velasquez: Anything that propels me to create, like [my book, Straight Walk]. It kept me inspired for almost four years.
MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?
PV: Kids suffering, with no opportunities for lack of having their basic human needs [met], like food, health, and education, but at the same time, [it] motivates me to keep fighting for them, for the ones less fortunate.
MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?
PV: “The universe only gives you what you can handle, so trust that whatever is happening to you is exactly what you need. Just trust. Have certainty!”
MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?
PV: I do hot yoga. I try to keep one hour a day where I have space to reflect and meditate and take care of me and what is going on inside. This way, I can be a better person to be around.
MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?
PV: It is possible to have second chances. When I thought everything was lost, when I reached bottom and things didn’t go my way, the universe gave me a second chance.
MP: What truth do you know for sure?
PV: The universe always gives you what you need to grow into the person you are destined to become.
MP: How do you handle emotional pain?
PV: I try to go through it; understanding is going to take me to a better place. And I do hot yoga.
MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?
PV: Many years ago, I started a foundation [Wayuu Taya Foundation] to help improve the life of Latin American indigenous people, providing them with food, medical attention, education, and also focusing on sustainability.
MP: What is love for you?
PV: For me, love is a pure, unconditional, nonjudgmental feeling that I feel towards some people and some parts of nature. Most of us love, but the purest love is the one where we take ego out of the equation, and that is the hard part of love, keeping ego aside.
MP: What is the most important thing for us to do as beings?
PV: To be as good as we can be.
MP: Tell me about your latest projects.
PV: My latest project is my book, called Straight Walk, and my goal with it is to inspire other people to live their truth, whatever that truth may be, and to let the reader know that he or she is not alone.
Also, I have a movie called Liz in September that will be released in the USA very shortly. Directed by the Cannes award winner and Venezuelan director Fina Torres.
And I have a beauty line called Taya that sells across the world, but in the U.S. is sold on HSN. And what I love the most about this project is that the key ingredients come from programs that are sustainable, organic, and environmentally friendly, from the indigenous communities of the Amazon.
MP: Why are these important to you?
PV: They are the result of years of work and desire to make them happen. And each one connects to a part of me that is important. Taya connects to sustainability, environment, and nature. The book connects to the desire to help other people that may have gone or are going through something similar that I have gone through. And the movie connects to my part as an artist, what I love doing as an artist.
Interview: Maranda Pleasant