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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com

All my life I’ve known I was going to play big. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve had a sense of ambition and a desire to truly change and impact the world. But with that great ambition also came great dissatisfaction. And when there’s dissatisfaction, depression loves to makes an entrance. The depressive downside of ambition was counteracted for me by the sense of spirituality I developed in my late teens. I was always very introspective growing up, but something even bigger was bubbling up inside of me, and when I went to India for a month on a retreat, the floodgates opened.

That early spiritual foundation helped me when I got out of college and noticed that, as a friend of mine put it, things were not coming into balance. My family always told me how smart I was and had high expectations for me. After college, it hit me that looking for balance is a great way to find the best version of myself, one that’s not weighed too heavily with other people’s expectations and that includes the things I want in life.

For me, balance means full and unconditional self love. It means I can be and have whatever I want. I know the things in life that are good for me and sometimes I don’t choose them … and that’s OK. The beauty of balance is that I can do it all and not feel bad about my choices, because every moment is an opportunity to start all over again. That, for me, is the greatest balance.

I’m here to play a big game in life. I want to win and win big. The difference now, with balance guiding me, is that I’m committed, but not attached. I know I have the capacity to be happy at all times, no matter what. I make a point of indulging myself in all the pleasures I find in life, only now I do it with balance.

My goal is to spread the word about balance, about going after dreams and at the same time being satisfied with what is.

Do you remember when you were a little kid how much fun it was to play hide and go seek, but at the same time you never took it too seriously because it was all a game? Well … what do you think this is?

– Jorge Perez

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