Meet Martin Solorzano. If you live in Miami perhaps you have met him or have seen him out at a fabulous event.
I was introduced to the Miami it-boy during one of the tent parties at Soho Beach House for Art Basel last year. We first met while boogying down and sipping champagne with mutual friend and CaptureFashion contributor, Rachael Russell, who introduced us.
I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Solorzano and am officially charmed by his sweet personality, palpable drive and baby-face good looks.
Clicky, Click below to read my interview with man-about-town, Martin Solorzano! xx
Amanda: Hi gorgeous! Thank-you for sitting down with me and answering a few questions for CaptureFashion. I remember when I first met you during Art Basel, David took your photo and it ended up being one of my favorites from the week.
Martin: [laughs] That night was a great party.
Amanda: Word. Let’s get started. You are a true Miami native, no? I rarely meet people who actually grew up here and still live in Miami.
Martin: Yes, born and raised. I love Miami – it’s a great city to grow up. I’ve especially enjoyed watching how the city has developed over the years.
Amanda: In what ways?
Martin: Everything. The achitecture and design, real estate, entertainment industry. The city is identifying itself and I’ve enjoyed and appreciated watching it grow.
Amanda: Do you identify yourself with Miami?
Martin: Sure, I can’t help it. Down here we wear and embrace color. It’s all around us. It’s funny, when I go to New York I love to really punch up the color in my wardrobe. You can take the boy out of Miami, but you can’t take Miami outta the boy.
You can take the boy out of Miami, but you can’t take Miami outta the boy.
Amanda: [giggles] Gotta represent. And I think you do Miami quite well. Not to mention you know everyone. Seriously, I feel like you know every person in the city.
Martin: It’s a skill of mine that I have naturally developed. I am a social person to start, and then I made it a point to exchange business cards with everyone. I’m lucky enough to be outgoing, then I became adament about following up through facebook and becoming an interesting and engaging person.
Amanda: You have over 5,000 facebook followers, right? How many on twitter?
Martin: Yea, something like that. (Follow Martin on twitter here and facebook here) People are connected now more than ever before. It’s really a small world through social media networks. Whenever I post that I’m travelling, I’ll get comments saying I should connect with this person or visit this location. It’s fantastic. I can engage regularly with my contacts.
Amanda: Do you worry about over sharing?
Martin: No, I’m very specific about what I do not share. Never anything about family, that’s a private entity for me. Social media is a marketing tool that I use for myself. That is what is great about something like facebook. You can make it as personal or vanilla as you want.
Amanda: That’s actually something I want to talk about. The line between personal and professional can be really tricky. When would you say you transitioned from using social media as a personal record to a networking platform?
Martin: I remember I made the transition when I started working for Six Degrees magazine and Plum TV. I was meeting and working with affluent people everyday. Whether media or local celebrities - they were all in the same circle. I wanted to come off as professional and I wanted their respect. I guess it’s a little ‘fake it til you make it.’
Amanda: I can totally relate to that. Especially when I first moved to Miami. I had the same type of realization that I wasn’t perhaps at the same level of the professionals around me, but I wanted to be.
Martin: Yes. I cleaned up my Facebook and started putting out there what I thought was interesting and relevant. I was active and commented. In return, I got people looking at my stuff so it was postive reinforcement. I very much believe in the law of attraction.
Amanda: You’ve worked with The Standard, Plum TV and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim -what projects are you currently working on?
Martin: I’m staying in marketing and sales for now. I want to focus on my own personal brand, and see what I can do for myself with my social media skills. Right now, I am doing consulting and independent work. I work with local charity Styles Saves and I’m also voluntering with Winter Party with National Gay & Lesbian task force. I love to be involved with the local community and the LGBT community especially.
Amanda: What about the future. Do you plan on staying in Miami? Will the city always be a home base for you?
Martin: Absolutely. I would love to do Miami, New York and of course have clients on an international level.
Amanda: Isn’t that the dream. Thank-you for your time and insight. xx
Martin’s Miami Top Five
Spa: The Standard
Tanning Spot: Soho Beach House
Dinner: Hakkasan at The Fontainebleau
Party: WALL at The W