We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Eller and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andrea, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
My ultimate end goal is pretty simple, I want to be financially free and truly happy in my career! Content creation is something that has brought so much good into my life. I have been able to meet amazing people, both fellow influencers and local business owners. Most of these people I would have never interacted with if I hadn’t taken a leap and started creating. It is so true that you become what you surround yourself with. I am thankful that in the last year I have met inspiring women who have so many goals and interests like starting podcasts or being a business owner. It has really opened my eyes and challenged me to not limit myself, because so much of success is mindset! It has also been a privilege to meet with local restaurant owners/ management/ and chefs to hear their story. I always try to capture a small amount of their journey in my content. I have a lot of projects in the works right now and try to think about the next few years of my life in goals. Not marriage necessarily or buying a house, but starting my own business, creating more content, and working towards a new career. For the first time in a while I am excited about all the possibilities in front of me and can’t wait to see what I do next!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think one thing that sets me apart is that I try to be very personable and get to know the people I am collaborating with. One of my biggest heroes is Anthony Bourdain. I admire the way he elevated and highlighted not only food, but the communities and people that made it. I think food is such an easy way to learn about other people, cultures, and history. You can learn a lot about someone through food. I would love to eventually start a podcast or youtube channel that would dive deeper into those stories.

As far as what I’ve learned so far, the main lesson is just go for it! There is someone else out there doing what you want to do, probably not as well as you could, but they are confident! You learn as you go, mess up, realize what you could do better next time, and then grow from it. I am still learning this lesson every day, I just always try to be a better version of myself than I was yesterday.

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.
So many things! It depends on the time of the year, but there would be a few non-negotiables. We would have to go to an Astro’s game of course! I would want them to experience The Toasted Coconut, I love the vibe there and that they spin records, of course the drinks and food are also really good! We would have to go to my favorite Viet-Cajun crawfish spot, and maybe get some Bar-B-Que at one of the many amazing choices in town, the most recent one I enjoyed was J Bar M. El Taco Nazo would also be a must! For bars I love Wooster’s Garden, and a Houston based brewery like Karbach or 8th Wonder would be fun. Houston always has so many amazing markets and art events as well so I would hopefully be able to recommend some of those, and lastly catch a concert at 713 Music Hall or White Oak!

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?
It’s impossible for me to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. My family, partner, and the supportive friends I have all know who they are. As far as businesses, Humberto at Space City Birria was the first person to host me, and it worked out because the content I made for him went viral! My longtime friend since high school Cindy is also a content creator, Cindyrellaeverafter, and encouraged me over and over to keep creating. In general the Houston food community has been very supportive and encouraging.

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