5 Questions with SPPR Featuring Maria DeGuzman

We recently welcomed our fall intern, Maria DeGuzman to the Soda Pop PR team. With her experience in event planning and her eye for graphic design, Maria is eager to learn the world of PR. Check out our interview with Maria below to learn more about her favorite spots in LA and her advice in following your passion.


  1. It is no secret that the SPPR team loves food. What are a couple of your favorite LA restaurants?

If you’re in the mood for Japanese food, Sunny Blue in Santa Monica makes the best omusubi rice balls. They wrap different fillings inside a ball of rice wrapped with nori. I love getting the Shiso Ume which has Japanese pickled plum with fresh shiso leaves. While you’re on the west side, Gjelina has my favorite squash blossom pizza. The pizza is so soft and delicate and loaded with burrata cheese, zucchini, juicy cherry tomatoes and small buds of squash blossoms. Almost too pretty to eat!

  1. What interests you most about the PR industry?

The PR industry is very upbeat and you get to meet a new network of people. Being able to hear and share the stories of talented people makes work satisfying. It’s fun to see people’s creations come to life and be a part of it.

  1. What are the top three essential elements an event needs to be a success?

The top three essentials for an event to be successful are organization, time management and creativity. It all starts with an idea and then being able to make it a reality. You have to be resourceful and focused to make these deadlines. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! At the end of the day, an event is meant to bring people together and create community so don’t forget to enjoy it.

  1. If you had a free plane ticket and two weeks off where would you go?

Italy! I would love to visit the countryside and stay/work on an olive tree farm. I think this would be the best way to get the true Italian experience. I also want to explore the Blue Grotto, a sea cave on the coast of the island of Capri. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you have to Google pictures. It looks so peaceful and illuminating; definitely something I want to check off my bucket list!

  1. You moved to LA from Maryland at young age, what’s the best advice you could give to your younger self or anyone else looking to making that big leap?

Jump! Take that risk and do what feels right for you. You’re probably going to stumble and get lost while making a few mistakes but that’s what life is about. Embrace who you are and surround yourself with others that have the same amount of confidence. If you’ve got passion then let the world know! You may share the same goals as the next person but your own path is always different and special to you.

(For more from Maria, you can find her on Instagram @westtsidestory)


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