Women Who Reign: Adriana Vecchioli
“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
– Jim Carrey
Link to full speech. Jim’s father wanted to be an artist but worked instead as an accountant. When he was let go from that safe job, Jim Carrey learnt that lesson and decided to pursue acting.
Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
Oh hi! I am Adriana, an AR/VR artist, UX designer and self-taught software engineer. I am French & Italian, now based in LA.
Fun fact: I’m obsessed with experiencing new cultures. As a result, I lived in 8 countries, 4 continents and I speak 5 languages.
What # would define your life journey?
Favorite website / app:
Getpocket — to read articles without the interruptions, mess and clutter that litters many online publications.
Whatsapp — to keep in touch with my loved ones across the globe.
Twitter — I met such amazing people on Twitter, outside of my social circles. We bonded with Twitter friends through mutual interests rather than proximity.
Unity3D — the main tool I use to build VR experience. It’s unbelievable that we can create entire universes with this software.
Pacifica — A few years back, I tried to meditate but struggled as my mind was constantly racing. This free app offers guided meditation paths, which just was needed then to quiet the inner monologues and start a healthy habit.
Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
I am inspired and supported by a number of talented, benevolent, unique people. Anything I do is the result of teamwork.
A community that changed my life is http://mangrove.io. They brought openness, empathy and growth into my life.
Song that makes you want to dance:
I often listen to film scores: they’re original, cover any mood and can transform a subway ride into an epic journey.
Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
I used to live a comfortable life in London, successfully work with a top tech company. Although I faced stimulating challenges and was surrounded with people I love, I couldn’t feel quite right. As I was climbing to the top of the ladder, I started to realize mine was leaning on the wrong wall. Indeed, I was pursuing goals that other projected onto me. I wasn’t living for me but through the eyes of others.
I woke up in the hospital. I had lost consciousness during a hackathon. To me, this was a clear message from my heart: « Stop ignoring how you feel, or I’ll stop beating ». After the recovery, I swiftly quit my job, a lousy partner and my carefully-decorated apartment. I then booked a one-way ticket to Brazil. I had no idea what I was doing (I still don’t) yet this allowed me to learn to listen to myself, to others and find my vocation.
The ideal job wouldn’t feel like a job, so this should be fun. It needs to be aligned with your life purpose.
It should not feel like a necessary evil, something we have to do to pay the bills, otherwise conflicts arise.
I love learning and creating beautiful things, therefore I try to tackle challenges in which I would gain a new skill, expand my knowledge and instill art into our lives.
The Japanese concept of Ikigai (生き甲斐, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikigai) is helpful to find your purpose and how to live your life.
What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
- One should never listen to people saying you’re not good or worthy enough to pursue your dreams. Find your tribe.
- The only person you should prove yourself to is… yourself.