The last year has been a little different in my photography journey, I shot only a handful of families maybe one or two weddings and filled my time shooting professional head shots It started as a favor at first for a friend who needed a picture for business cards, maybe even LinkedIn. Then it became so much more, now I’ve shot at least two to three dozen headshots of talented, smart young business professionals, what I was mostly fascinated with was the fact that alot of these high achievers were women, so I figured it was time to share some of their stories in hopes of inspiring or motivating like thinking girls to reach for their dreams. And so because Caspian’s got me obsessed over super heroes for the last 3 or so years or so this is the first installment of Wonder Women Wednesdays, just everyday women doing extraordinary things. To start, this is Valerie, she is a recently licensed insurance agent working for one of my other clients whom I had the peasure of shooting family pictures for last winter. Valerie is young, bright and super excited to start her career insuring people’s homes, cars and lives
Valerie Cabral, 21 years old from Rosemead CA
- What is your Profession: Whittier College student and State Farm office representative
- Tell us about your Education: I attended Alhambra High School, graduated 2013. Currently a senior at Whittier College with Political and Psychology majors
- Walk us through the step-by step process that you went through to get where you are today. What was the first thing you did? Next?
- First in my family to finish any education past middle school, motivated by a single mother.
- I am the oldest sister of 3 and the youngest is 1 year old. I have always raised my sisters because my mother had to work 2 jobs to maintain us.
- I applied and got a merit scholarship into Whittier College.
- I will be graduating early because I took a few AP classes in high school and classes at a community college, which allowed me to get ahead, and thus graduate a semester early.
- I got the Alex Mora State Farm opportunity through my school’s internship portal and I decided to give it a shot.
- I had to get two state licenses to sell life health, and property insurance.
- It was a difficult prcess but I finished it and now I am on my third month as employees of the office
4. What attracted you the most to the insurance industry/business? I never really thought about this industry, but I have had multiple exposures to the industry because it’s not the first insurance job I have been offered. However it is the first one I accept and I like it I feel like I get to help people feel secure, especially in the life insurance area.
5. Share some big dreams you are working to become a reality. Ideally I would love to be a civil or criminal attorney lie one of my heroes, Marasco and his team. It would be to help people of lower social economic class and minorities be able to have their voices hear. I also would like to run for public office one day as district attorney.
6. Describe what fills your time when you are not working hard accomplishing things? I love going outdoors whether that be camping, going to the beach, or out to a river with family. I really enjoy family time and I feel like it’s the most important aspect in everyone’s life.
7. Lastly, If a child walked up to you asking for advice and you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be?
I would advice them to dream big and if their dreams don’t scare them, they aren’t dreaming big enough. People will try to tear your dreams apart and discourage you, but the only one that has control over their your life is yourself.