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Rebecca Sandoval Believes It’s Important for Everyone to Have a Voice!

Lipstick Ready Highlights Rebecca Sandoval for its “Girls with Gloss” Series Season 2.

Written By: Charde Brown

Rebecca Sandoval is a University of North Texas graduate and holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She has been a full-time traffic reporter for Cumulus Media Dallas for 5 years and a part time DJ for 3 years. Rebecca is married to her high school sweet heart and has two little boys ages 2 and 3. "My Pretty Girl Power came from this piece of advice: "What other people think of you is none of your business. Lions do not care about the opinions of sheep."

Read on to learn how this “Girl with Gloss” uses her voice to empower herself and others!

What does being outspoken mean to you? 

It means that no one can silence me. It means I will always say what's on my mind even if it's not what people want to hear. It means I will choose my words wisely but I will always have an opinion and speak my truth. 

How do you deal with people taking offense to you being outspoken? 

First and foremost, always choose to be kind. Being outspoken doesn't mean you have to be rude. You can be kind and still make a point. You can still be kind and give your opposing opinions. It isn't the end of the world if someone gets offended by what you're saying. If it's your truth - never apologize. 

How has being outspoken benefited you in your career? 

It's helped me stand out... be noticed... be recognized for my courage and intelligence. 

How did you deal with obstacles on your path to where you are now in your career? 

I've dealt with and still deal with obstacles by working harder. When I was first starting out in radio making minimum wage I had to get two other jobs just to make ends meet. Just recently the company I worked for went out of business and I was facing unemployment. I had to hustle and work hard to prove that I was worth being hired by the new company.  

What is a characteristic or quality that you worked hard to cultivate, how has it been beneficial in your career? 

Speaking! Speaking clearly is very important in my field. Knowing when to speak casually vs formally. How to address and speak into a microphone was a very helpful class I took in college. Learning how to correct your mistakes without using crutch words. 

What goal do you have set to accomplish in the next 5 years to advance your life or career?

Communicating with my superiors about where I am in life has been very important. They know I'm raising two babies right now but with them about to be in school I've let everyone know I'll have more free time and I'd like to make myself more available for any opportunities that may open up. I've also been searching for an agent to help pursue a dream I have of doing voice over work. 

How and when did you know you were on the right career path?

My dad really helped guide me into this career path. As a teenager, he helped me recognize my strengths which were speaking/performing, storytelling, and writing. Once we discovered broadcast journalism was a major I was sold! I knew that's what I wanted to do. 

What is the most common misconception about your career field?

That we make a lot of money. hahaha! As I was working my way up the ladder and earning a little bit more with each new position I quickly realized I could be making A LOT more money in another field - but it's never mattered... I love the field I work in and I love what I do! 

What’s an interesting little-known fact about you? 

I am a first generation American. Both of my parents were born in Mexico! I'm very proud of my culture and heritage. 

If you could talk to your 14-year-old self what advice would you give yourself? 

Slowwwww down!!! I was in such a hurry to grow up. I wanted so badly to be independent and get a job and start saving for a car. But, looking back now I should have enjoyed that last little bit of childhood a little while longer. Don't be in a rush to grow up - it's hard once you do! Even though we may 'feel' grown - your mind and your body are still very immature and THAT'S OK! Enjoy being a kid! 

To keep up with Rebecca follow her on social media:

Twitter: @TheBeccaParker

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