Today we’d like to introduce you to Tori Escamilla.
Hi Tori, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
After high school, I was a little lost for a while.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, I was house hopping between friends, family, and apartments. At that same time, working three jobs to make sure I always had money in my pocket. After a couple of years, I was tired and frustrated with how my life was going.
In 2009, I decided to go and enlist in the US Navy. During my ten years of active duty service, I was going to college, traveling, and deploying. At around my ten-year mark, I began to have some family health issues that I needed to be home for so I decided to go to reserves.
Since then, I have graduated from UT El Paso with a bachelor’s in Multidisciplinary Studies and am currently working on my post-baccalaureate in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. In 2019, I took a shot and applied to be an on-air personality at KLMO a local Tejano radio station.
Around that same time, I decided to try my hand at podcasting and starting my show Chicana Chisme. On the podcast, I talk to Chicanos about their life experiences and try to educate them on our Mexican American history.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road at all.
I loved the military, I will always be a huge advocate to serve. However, it takes a lot out of a person. You are away from your family, hours are long, and you miss holidays and big events.
Also with moving and deploying, it took me way longer to finally graduate than the average person. I always told myself regardless of how long it took I was getting a degree.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Currently, I work for the Department of the Navy as a civilian, the radio is one day a week, and I release a podcast episode weekly. For the Navy, I am a logistician.
I deal with our funding and purchasing items to run whatever mission is required. Oddly enough, I am mostly known for the radio. I have a show on Wednesdays called “women of Tejano Wednesdays” in which I showcase all the new women who are rising stars in the genre.
Outside of San Antonio, my podcast is expanding with California being my second-highest listener location. I am proud of all the different things I do. If I wasn’t passionate about them it’s not something I would do because it is definitely time-consuming.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I am hoping to do much more with the podcast I’m the next year years.
It is a form of media that is rapidly growing, and advertisers have been paying great money to have an ad in an episode. On top of that, I am wanting to do more as far as telling Mexican American history outside of the podcast.
- Website: www.chicanachisme.com
- Instagram: www.Instagram.com/chicanachismepodcast
- Other: Instagram.com/tori_e989
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