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Conversations with Ivelis Matos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ivelis Matos.

Hi Ivelis, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was a banker by trade; my latest position was ban manager; I did that for 16 years. I hit a point in my life where I wanted to change. I went through a divorce; I changed careers, and social media was introduced to me as a tool to express my creativity. Since I was a little girl, I wanted to be an actress and an entertainer, but it never seemed like a viable option for me. I wasn’t as skinny or young as Hollywood likes their actors to be. So, I decided to get into sketch comedy, and it wasn’t long before I realized that I was bringing joy into people’s lives; there was value to my comedy. A few years ago, I decided I wanted to start an organization for victims of sexual abuse will abuse come specifically children; it’s a subject near and dear to my heart because I personally experienced this as a child. As a result, I started realizing that my influence on social media can one day help me Make this dream of forming a foundation a reality. 

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has definitely not been a smooth road; I have struggled with depression and Russian self-doubt, and low self-esteem from the beginning. Anytime you expose yourself to the world, you leave yourself wide open to criticism and the world’s negativity, and I experienced that right off the bat. People can be cruel with their words and sometimes flat-out menacing. 

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I focus on relatable, Hispanic-based, specifically Puerto Rican comedy. My objective is to bring viewers down a journey of their childhood, one video at a time. My kids participate in videos with me, which helps bring the videos to life and draw a clearer picture of what we all lived through growing up. I am proud of the fact that I have stayed in my lane, which is family-friendly content; I am proud that I have not gone the easy route which is typically it’s typically wearing minimal clothing and acting sexy; my lane is the goofy mom next door! 

So maybe we end up discussing what matters most to you and why.
Proving that you can be successful while keeping your clothes on that’s important to me because I have a daughter that looks up to me, and in a world where even tweens are shaking their butts, it’s important for her to know that’s not the only way to get ahead in life. 

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