Witty, enthusiastic, and determined are some adjectives used to describe Marco Sanchez, a drama student at the University of Southern California. We ran into Marco in Chicago's River East neighborhood where he was attending a charity dinner at a nearby restaurant. "I believe in giving back whenever I can," Sanchez mentioned. "While I don't have the lucrative lifestyle to build orphanages in Cambodia, I do have a few bucks to spare for a good meal with great company."
Marco hopes to one day perform for Broadway productions, but in the meantime is content working at local theaters. "It's fun, I must say. It gives me the opportunity to shine."
Name: Marco Sanchez
Fashion Inspiration: My uncle, Gilberto. He has the craziest stack of vintage clothes - though he doesn't dare call them vintage - in his garage, and I sometimes like to go through them and borrow a sweater or a pair of slacks.
Goals: I want to be on Broadway! That, or design my own clothing. I have this crazy dream of sowing my own clothes, like Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl, and become a rad designer. Yes, I said "rad".
Favorite food: Empanadas: I adore the ones stuffed with cheese and spinach.
Favorite drink: I love a good glass of wine, chardonnay to be exact.
I adore Chicago because...: Because it's a big city with so many amazing things to do and see! I love the Hancock building because it has such a cool presence, and I love the shopping. My cousin lives near Streeterville, so whenever I visit I hang out with him.
California loving because...: I'm a California boy at heart. I was born in San Jose but my family moved out to Los Angeles when I was 5. The palm trees, the sea, and the sun have made me who I am. However, I would trade Southern California for Chicago, perhaps for a year or so.
What you look for in a girl: Well, most of my close friends are women and I really enjoy someone who can hold a conversation. I love a girl's personality and her sense of style. I'm a huge believer in a strong, assertive woman - except when she's yelling at me.
What you look for in a guy: Eyes, that stare that lures you in. If I can connect with a guy through his gaze, I know I can invite him out for coffee. I'm usually the more assertive one - blame the theater boy in me - so I am really fond of initiating conversation. I think I have a 76% success rate, FYI.
Bits of wisdom: Follow your goals, no matter how crazy they may seem. Sometimes, the crazier the dreams the better the idea is. However, also keep one foot on the ground and remember your friends and family who are helping you accomplish your dreams. You cannot be successful, or happy, without good company.