In a “universe” where the super hero fans and the executives producing content are predominantly men, along came a huge female audience and Victoria Alonso to shake things up a bit. I have seen her on stage before at Marvel World Premeire’s, like the one we attend for Avenger’s: Infinity War, but getting to meet Victoria in person was a real treat. Not only is she 1 of the 3 founding members of Marvel Studios (along with Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito) but she is also the Executive Producer of the films they make and the Executive Vice President of Production for Marvel. She is basically involved in every aspect of Marvel’s film making process.
Wearing numerous hats is something she does well, really well, but the ones she wears most proudly and the one I can relate to the most, is her role as a mom. It is on that connection that I really walked away richer. While she won’t label herself a “change-maker”, that is really what she is not only because her role at Marvel Studios or her role as a mom but because she made us all feel that we are one as well.
Here are 5 Things I Learned from Victoria Alonso that I feel can make us better people within our homes, jobs and in our communities:
- Don’t look at things as challenges, look at them as though they are day-to-day hurdles. “…to me a challenge is like something you can’t achieve where a hurdle is something you just need to jump over and go…” – Victoria Alonso
- “I think that women need to believe in their core that they’re equal.” that way we can instill that belief in our daughters especially when a shift happens as they get older that may make them believe otherwise.
- “If it has been done, it can. And if it hasn’t been done, it should.” – Something Victoria’s mom always told her that stuck.
- “…Expose ‘em to stories that you…believe that will inspire you, and it will go in and it will inspire them. Show them all kinds of art. Show them all kinds of music. Show them the differences of this world…Show them that the world is better a world kinda together, but we’re different. And the one thing that unites us really is the love. For our family, for our partners, for our children, for our country, for whatever. Whatever is the love that you feel. It doesn’t divide us.”
- “I just think be yourself. Don’t try to be a boy. I have never wanted to be a man. I’ve never wanted to be like them. I never wanted to do it like them. The strength is being who you are. Hands-down. That’s what makes you different. That’s what you bring to the table. But when you go to that table, you sit at that table, not on the side, not behind. You sit at the table and own it…”
Avengers: Infinity War (which is now in theaters) is the 28th film that she has worked on that is now out in the world. *They currently have 5 more in the works.
So, if you haven’t already seen it, what are you waiting for? Want to know more about Avengers: Infinity War? Click on the links to read about my Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War World Premiere Recap and my Spoiler-Free Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review.