We had the good fortune of connecting with Adiala Salas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adiala, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk-taking has been present in my all life. I remember, since I was a child, I was always between challenges or big decisions like sports competitions and music concerts. I was studying at school and I was pretty worried about having good records at the same time. But, I remember the most that I dreamed of becoming a journalist because I needed to tell the world what was wrong and fix it.
I became a Journalist in Venezuela and I lived in my own bones what risk was. I was afraid a lot of times but that made me know that journalism was my thing. One day, I saw myself and I felt that I needed a change and I moved to Colombia when I was 24 years old. I arrived alone and sometimes I thought that maybe I should go back home but there was always a voice inside my head that told me: You can do this! After more than 17 years of experience, I can say that all the efforts had worth it.
Every day is a risk. My husband and I wake up every morning with the strength in our bones to make it better than yesterday and the day before for our lovely 3 years old boy, for our families in Venezuela and Colombia, and for those who need a hand and we can give it to them.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I can’t stand injustice and I had always had the necessity of being others’ voice.
That’s why I studied Journalism and when I was 16 years old I got my first job as a producer assistant in Radio Caracas Radio, the most important radio station in Venezuela. At that age, I produced programs with huge persons of the politics and culture not only Venezuelan but Latin Americans. I got tears but I learned from the bests, I’ll always be thankful to them.
A year later, I started my tv career in Radio Caracas Television as a documentalist in “La Entrevista”, a daily interview program that made visible the complaints from Venezuelan people to the government. Two years later I became a producer and one of the writers in “Alerta” a complex, dangerous program about the tragedy in Venezuela like homicides, corruption,
precariousness in the education and health system, and other deep social problems. Not only me but all the team were always at risk, and our lives were many times at the end of the edge.
In 2011, I moved to Colombia after the government censorship and closed of Radio Caracas Television. I graduated from a TV Specialization and in 2013 I started as a journalist in Caracol Television, one of the most important channels in Colombia. Leaving my family behind, move to another country that seems that we have a lot of common but the truth is that we’re so different, being alone without knowing anybody and got that job after trying for two years was challenging and was, with no doubt, a risk-taking decision.
I left Caracol Television being an Editor in Chief and I had the honor with my job of know the history of many people, hard workers, life fighters that changed my life. Also, in the middle of the pandemic, I had the opportunity to interview artists like Carlos Vives, J Balvin, Diego Torres, Andrés Cepeda, Fonseca, and many others that showed me their soul beyond the music industry. I’m so thankful for all that journey.
After 8 years in Caracol Television, I decided to move forward and become an entrepreneur with “Los buenos con Adi” my own interview program with a clear passion: to show the good people who are doing amazing things to help others, for real, and they need a voice. I want to teach my little son that is people out there who want to make it different.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love Crandon Park Beach and I have and special memory of it ’cause it was the first beach where we took out our baby and he loved it too.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is the perfect place for culture. If you could book an event for your visit you won’t regret it.
If you are traveling with kids, the Zoo would be a great plan, also the Frost Science Museum.
A tour for the Everglades would be nice too.
If you like Mexican food and you want to party, Bodega is a great place. And Tacology is amazing.
Sushi Sakefor the sushi lovers is delicious.
If you want to know some Colombian gastronomy, Mondongo’s is a must. And for Venezuelan food, Zona Grill and Pepitolandia won’t let you down.
If you love dolphins, the sunset in Bayside would a great place to see them.
Are you a rib lover? Flanigan’s is the place and for Italian food, I recommend you Via Emilia, it’s a beautiful place, delicious and great prices.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve been blessed with my parents. They are my support, my model. My beloved siblings and nieces are always there. My supportive and lovely husband and the love of my life, my beautiful son, are my daily motivation. Of course, I have to thank God for all I have and for putting amazing people in my life that I have had the honor to work and many of them had become the family that you choose.
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