Wavy Women highlights various industry professionals currently leading the game with their brazen creativity and forward-thinking style.
MC Barao is a creative fitness consultant who helps leaders in athletics and casual wear strengthen their digital presence. Hailing from Texas but now calling New York home, Barao not only helps up-and-comers find and express their personal style, but she also likes to flaunt her own. And let's not forget her passion for the fitness lifestyle.
We chatted to Barao about her goals and aspirations, and delved into what her plans for the coming year would be. Read on for the deets.
What got you interested in fitness?
After college, I dove right into the corporate world. The happiness I was told I'd receive from simply doing well in school and earning money didn't feel anything like what my family, friends and teachers described. Passion was my missing ingredient. Very soon, I stopped listening to what everyone else's version of a life well lived is supposed to be.
Even though I had no idea what I wanted to do, I knew taking good care of myself was a good starting point. I began working out and eating well. The change in mentality and quality of people in my life began to shift from material-centric to real substance. Fitness helped me feel I that had something special to share. I began pursuing opportunities to find out what I'm meant for in this industry.
What was your first big gig?
I produced a custom fitness program and built a team of 27 world class fitness instructors.
Tell us about your day to day…
Two friends and I are researching fitness app behavior. I work with instructors to build workout playlists for special events. I collaborate with leaders in athletics and casual wear who are looking to make their most authentic, creative, and expressive digital presence. I'm working on the fifth fitness program for the first boutique cycling studio in the Philippines. I'm searching for a business mentor to learn insights on how to grow the most fruitful working partnerships.
If you weren’t doing what you are now, where would you work?
I'd be a pastry chef on an exotic island.
Describe your current style...
My current style is relaxed and ready.
Who or what are you currently inspired by?
Founders, creatives and innovators. Their level of imagination and follow-through is something I'm focused on growing within myself.
What is the greatest accomplishment of your life so far?
The move from Texas to New York. I didn't know it six years ago because I was so focused on how terrifying the feeling of unknown was, but it was the first instance I took a huge chance on myself.
What is your most treasured item of clothing and why?
My soft and thick vintage camo pants. They have a way of making me feel that life is good because of how lush and cozy they are.
Where do you want to be in the next five years?
I want to be here in Brooklyn, producing creative work in the wellness-sphere with focus on fashion and technology.
What is your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration would definitely be with Google. I have an innovative idea for a wearable (not a fitness tracker), lets talk!
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