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Author: America Arias

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America Arias is an Emmy-award winning news producer and Dreamer. The goal of AMERICA’S DREAMERS is to share inspiring stories, resources and knowledge from brilliant leaders, entrepreneurs and influential celebrities... So that you can be inspired to chase your own American dreams!
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Latina Track Star Brenda Martinez on how she defeated all odds and bounced back from defeat to make her American Dream of going to the Olympics a reality.  Brenda represented Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics and is now training for round two-- The games in Tokyo. In this episode, Brenda talks about how she ALMOST didn’t make the team-- because of an incident during the Olympic Trials.  FIRST: Brenda talks about the sacrifices her Mexican immigrant parents had to make to help her achieve her Olympic dreams. How she overcame financial hurdles, physical injuries and many rejections… and how she finally found a champion… who helped her achieve her American dream of becoming a world-class Olympic runner.  THEN: How she’s giving back to her community and specifically young kids achieve their own running dreams. Since 2013, Brenda has run a summer running camp in Big Bear. But it’s more than just a running camp, she’s inspiring young girls and boys to go to college and find their passion.  AND LATER: We discuss how the Pandemic has forced her to change her Olympic training as she prepares to make the team for the next Olympics.  Plus, how to start your day like an Olympian! Brenda shares her surprising morning routine-- the 3 THINGS she does before starting her day.  I learned so much about sacrifice and resilience from her! Take a listen and let me know what you think! Tag me on Instagram (@AmericaArias) and twitter at (@AmericaArias) and use the hashtag #AmericasDreamers. Please support this podcast by rating and reviewing my show. I would really appreciate a 5-star rating!
Award-winning actor Bambadjan Bamba opens up about how being both black and undocumented has impacted his Hollywood dreams. He’s a working actor based in Los Angeles with credits on many TV shows and movies like the blockbuster film, “Black Panther.” He tells you why this movie has been so powerful in creating cultural change. Bambadjan was born in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in West Africa and was brought to the U.S. when he was just 10 years old. He grew up in New York, where at one point he worked as a taxi cab driver to help pay for acting school before catching his first break. FIRST, Bambadjan shares about navigating life as an undocumented person and a DACA recipient. And also as a black man and how his identity has presented him with both challenges and opportunities. We also discuss how he’s using his star power to bring awareness to social issues he deeply cares about. LATER, he also tells us how he’s helping others like him break into the industry and how he’s working to keep the doors of opportunity open in Hollywood through his work with the non-profit ‘Color of Change.’ FINALLY, he shares TWO key pieces of advice for anyone with showbiz dreams!  This is an inspirational chat that will give you a shot of motivation! Take a listen and let me know what you think! Check out Bambadjan on his website or on his social media.  I would love your feedback!  Tag me on instagram (@AmericaArias) and twitter at (@AmericaArias) and use the hashtag #AmericasDreamers Please support this podcast by rating and reviewing my show. I would really appreciate a 5-star rating!
Imagine shooting a film on your iphone and with a $100 budget… that’s exactly how award-winning director, writer and actor Jorge Xolalpa began his journey to Hollywood. In this episode, we discuss why he gave up a career in law, what inspired him to go into filmmaking. You’ll hear why this rising star in Hollywood is earning his nickname as the “Latino Spielberg.” Jorge is a DACA recipient who came to the U.S. when he was 9 years old and now owns a film & TV production company called Mighty Aphrodite Pictures that’s creating content championing Women, Latinos and diverse stories. In this episode, Jorge shares his powerful strategy to making your passion projects a reality, and why you shouldn’t wait for the perfect time to get started. Jorge also explains how to get creativity flowing when you feel stuck and how to get inspired to chase your wildest dreams, no matter your situation or lack of resources. If he made his first film on a $100 budget, he says you too can find a way even when things seem impossible. Take a listen and let me know what you think!  I would love your feedback!  Tag me on instagram (@AmericaArias) and twitter at (@AmericaArias) and use the hashtag #AmericasDreamers. For a link to Jorge's movies go to my instagram account. Please support this podcast by rating and reviewing my show. I would really appreciate a 5-star rating!
With all the economic uncertainty during this pandemic and recession, it’s hard to imagine a reality where you can become financially independent, quit your job and retire in your 20s or 30s. But that’s exactly what Diego Corzo (@RealDiegoCorzo) wants you to achieve. He’s a DACA recipient and a real estate entrepreneur who’s on the fast-track to becoming a millionaire.  In this episode, Diego shares usable advice on investing, saving and getting into a winning mindset. Diego went from riding his bike to business appointments, to quitting his software engineering job at General Motors to now owning his successful real estate company. You will learn how to see opportunities where people see obstacles. Diego really lives by his motto, “When the door of opportunity is locked, go through the window.” FIRST, Diego shares the TWO key actions you need to take right now in order to start building wealth and put yourself in a position to survive any life-altering situation like a recession. What do you need to do to prepare if you suddenly lose your job or have to change careers? THEN, he shares his 6-STEP STRATEGY to become financially independent. Diego tells us how this winning formula helped him own nearly 20 rental properties that allow him to make money while he sleeps. I know this interview will help you whether you want to pay off debt, stay within your monthly budget or even buy your DREAM HOUSE!  FINALLY, Diego leaves with with tools to help you on your journey. He recommends these two books… “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki and “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Happy learning and go follow me on instagram if you want to ask Diego questions directly. I would love your feedback!  Tag me on instagram (@AmericaArias) and twitter at (@AmericaArias) and use the hashtag #AmericasDreamers Please support this podcast by rating and reviewing my show. I would really appreciate a 5-star rating!
Despite nearly every state reopening its economy and easing lockdown restrictions, the Coronavirus pandemic is still a serious and dangerous reality for healthcare workers across the country. In this episode I speak to Aldo Martinez, a 26-year old Paramedic in Fort Myers, FL.   Aldo says he has to deal with a COVID-19 patient at least once a day during his sometimes 48-hour shifts. He’s also one of thousands of DACA recipients saving lives on the frontlines during this health crisis. That means that as he risks his life saving lives, he’s also worried about an upcoming Supreme Court decision that could alter his immigration status.  According to the Center for American Progress, nearly 30,000 health care workers are DACA Dreamers. They are paramedics like Aldo, but also doctors, nurses, medical techs, and others who are putting their own health and safety on the line to diagnose and treat the disease.  FIRST Aldo gives us a glimpse into his sometimes anxiety-driven shifts during this pandemic, tells us what he’s doing to stay safe and how he deals with the stress and uncertainty of this lockdown. THEN he shares the one lesson from his parents that helps him get through even the toughest day and how this is fueling his dream of becoming a trauma surgeon in the future. It’s a lovely tribute that will inspire you!  I would love your feedback!  Tag me on instagram (@AmericaArias) and twitter at (@AmericaArias) and use the hashtag #AmericasDreamers Please support this podcast by rating and reviewing my show. I would really appreciate a 5-star rating! america-arias.com
I went from being undocumented and afraid, broke and with no chance of ever attending college… to living my dream life as an Emmy award-winning producer!   In this intro episode, I share my story about living undocumented and how my life changed thanks to the DACA Program. Also, I share my vision for this podcast and how I hope it will help you ditch your fears, get creative and dream bigger! No matter your immigration status, I’m here to help you navigate all the uncertainty and find a way to chase your dreams.  I would love your feedback! Tag me on instagram (@AmericaArias), Facebook and twitter at (@AmericaArias) and use the hashtag #LetsDACAboutit  Please support this podcast by sharing it with others, rating and reviewing my show. I would really appreciate a 5-star rating! Thank you for the support!  Visit my website: America-arias.com   
Comments (2)

Rinkee Tiwari

Hi America, I love to hear you as you are such a good speaker. All your episodes are motivating. Wish you all the best for the good work you are doing. Love Rinkee

Oct 12th
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Lisa King

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Oct 3rd
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