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Lauren Barrera

Oxnard, California

Mabu-HI friends!!! My name is Lauren. I'm a SoCal based graphic designer that created a brand dedicated to the all the cool anaks (kids) at heart, a club we're all a part of. Lemme let you in on a fun fact too...my brand is actually named after my mom Cherry! The word "seresa" in Tagalog means cherry. I'm both Filipino and Mexican, and always dreamt to have brand that helps others embrace their culture, community, and find relatability in those shared traditions and memories that connect us with our heritage. You'll quickly notice that many of my designs have a playful twist to them, making it even more fun for the whole pamilya to tsismis about. My hobbies include screen printing and long walks down the snack aisle. I'm the auntie who most likely has shrimp chips or skyflakes in her tote. I currently live in Oxnard, California with my husband, and dog Maarte, but we call him Marty. Hopia have an amazing day!

What does a Selfmade Entrepreneur do?

They take a really big idea that may seem impossible, and work extremely hard to make it a reality. A person who never gives up on their dreams and leans into their imagination, letting their creativity guide them.

DREAMER • INNOVATOR • VISIONARY

Top 3 — Why do you love being a Selfmade Entrepreneur?

To make my younger self proud To show myself that anything is possible if I put my mind to it To inspire others in their creative journey
To make my younger self proud
To show myself that anything is possible if I put my mind to it
To inspire others in their creative journey

What motivates / inspires you?

Much of how my imagination was shaped was spending time with my grandmother. I was always that kid attached to their sketchbook, constantly doodling or being crafty in some way. She always encouraged me to lean in to what I wanted to create and to never lose that passion behind it. I'm really grateful to be amongst a community of artists, who are constantly inspiring me. Whose encouragement and kindness have motivated me to keep creating. Seeing other people live out their own dream, makes my heart so full. Just to see that it is possible.

What are you most proud of?

Despite all the challenges, failures, and self doubt that came up while trying to make this dream a reality...I never gave up.

What was your first dream job?

Veterinarian

What other path would you have taken if not this one?

A muralist! I still hope to check that off my bucket list one day.

What would you tell your younger self?

Everything is going to be okay. Take a deep breath and know that making mistakes and failing isn't the end of the world. Chances are you might discover something even more amazing in the process! Keep your head up and never lose that passion you have for art, because one day someone will love it.

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