We had the good fortune of connecting with Silvia Moreira and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Silvia, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I think that there is a lot of people who don’t really know how much work and time it goes into creating good content. I say good because I think anyone can create content and it won’t take too much effort. But to create good high quality content it takes a lot of planning, time, and work. Basically for a 10 minute video depending on the topic it can take days or even a full week to produce. Some may think that it is an easy job or easy to create videos and just post them. But to create meaningful videos, grow your platform, and reach a lot of people it’s really not easy. At times it can get to you and then you get burnt out because you are working so hard for little return in the short term. The key is to consistently work hard and in the long run you will start to see the results.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a professional aside from being a content creator I’m also a Senior Software Engineer for one of the biggest corporate technology company’s in the US. As a woman and a minority I am part of the 2% of Hispanic women in a computing-related job. Although I’m really proud of that I do wish more women especially women of color are represented more in the technology field and I also encourage my fellow minorities to pursue a career in it. My education at the University of Houston and receiving a Bachelors in Management Information Systems and then doing an internship as well as the help of a professor at the University with a letter of recommendation from my internship manager led me to be able to get considered as a hire. So no it was not easy but it is possible. I really just didn’t give up and just believed that I would get somewhere if I just tried. It is unfortunate that as a woman and a minority it does take much more effort (and that needs to change) but we can’t let that stop us. Now more than ever we have a voice and we should use it. I just want everyone to know that women are capable of so much and are very intelligent no matter what their background is or where they come from. We all deserve the same opportunities as everyone else in this country.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would say one of the best things to experience in Houston is the food. I love that it’s so diverse and you can find anything here. Especially Mexican food, Some of the places we love to go to is Ninfas or El Tiempo which are well known for their delicious food and margaritas. Another favorite place to take someone visiting is Galveston, TX and Kemah. I love shopping so of course going to the Galleria mall is a must for someone new to the city. There are so many cool places in Downtown as well I love taking friends or family to The Rustic and Present Company for food and drinks.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think one of my favorite books to dedicate this shoutout to is “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. It helped me get through my doubts and push me to do better. Also my parents deserve a lot of the credit for being immigrants coming to a foreign country with nothing and working hard for a better life have shown me what true hard work means and to never take anything for granted. Always remember where you come from.
all images are my own.