Hi Marina! BIG CONGRATS on being one of the #DreamJobbers chosen to be an on-camera host for the Rio 2016 Olympics! Before we talk about this incredible experience, can you tell me a little bit about your background and where it is that you currently call home?
Well that is an interesting question to ask me right now... Normally I would have said Venice, California. However at the moment my fiancé and I are traveling through South America for 8 months. We put everything we have in storage and we are moving every month to a different country. At the moment we are in Chile and we are loving it!
That sounds amazing! What a great adventure, and you just recently returned from Rio! You obviously have a love for travel, so I'm curious, have you always had a passion for hosting as well?
Since I was a kid I knew I loved arts, theater and being in front of the camera, but it wasn't until college that I tried hosting and fell in love with it.
Why did you decide to apply to be a host for the Rio Olympics?
I decided to apply because the position incorporated 3 things that I love - hosting, sports and my home country Brazil. It seemed like a perfect fit and a dream job for me, so I knew I had to give it a try.
Did your experience in Rio change anything about how you feel about your life and career going forward?
I did not have a lot of experience working live events, especially of that magnitude. So working at the Olympics taught me an incredible amount about the business, and it also gave me a lot of confidence in my craft. I think both of those things will help me in the future, and I am very grateful for that.
What is your favorite memory from your time in Rio?
There are so many incredible moments... it is hard to pick! Working the final volleyball match and watching Brazil win the gold medal was an indescribable moment... The whole stadium went nuts (in a good way). Everyone was crying, jumping, dancing and celebrating. When they played the national anthem everyone was singing it so loudly and proudly that you couldn't even hear the music itself, it was incredible!
I was also lucky to work with such amazing, talented and fun people. We worked so well together and we had SO much fun doing it! I will always remember and cherish our dance parties, cheers and laughs we shared together. I made friends in Rio that I'm sure I'll have for the rest of my life.
Do you have any words of advice for people who might be nervous to pursue their DreamJob?
As Nike would say... JUST DO IT! I know it is nerve-wracking to think about creating a video of yourself and putting it up online for everyone to see it. What are people going to think? Are they going to like it? Are they going to judge me? I think these are all questions that might go through your mind (they sure went through mine) but you've got to think about the bigger picture. All that matters is that you try and you do your best. I think I've applied for 3 different dream jobs throughout the years and the first 2 times I didn't get them (or even get close to it). The more you do something the more comfortable you will become and the better you will be at it. Just be yourself in your videos, be creative and have fun with it!
What's next for you?
Like I mentioned I will be traveling through South America for a while. But I am still working on building my online personal training business (MarinaSantosFit) while away. I am also fortunate to be able to be working with other online fitness companies while on the go which has been a great opportunity
Many thanks Marina! We are very excited to follow your journey! You can stay up to date with Marina on her instagram HERE: instagram.com/marinasantosfit