With new book, Andrea D’Marco teaches you to “Lead With Success”
Andrea D’Marco is about to change your life.
As one of eight co-authors of the new book “Lead With Success: Powerful Stories from Powerful Women That Will Help You Lead With Success,” the WWE announcer is ready to share her secrets with those who are looking to bring out the best version of themselves. In advance of the book’s launch in Los Angeles tomorrow and release on Amazon, Andrea tells WWE.com how she found herself writing a book, learning to talk about yourself, and what she learned from her seven co-authors, all of whom are Latina entrepreneurs.
WWE.COM: Tell us a little bit about your book.
ANDREA D’MARCO: I was incredibly fortunate enough to get approached by a publisher who wanted eight amazing, influential women throughout the United States to collaborate on a book. All of us have such different stories, spanning from entrepreneurs to being in the entertainment industry. It’s basically how we’ve taken our lives to spearhead our own projects and show people that this is how we do it — our way — and this is how we lead with success.
WWE.COM: With all the successful women coming together to write this book, what was your reaction to being approached?
D’MARCO: It was incredibly humbling. [Throughout] my entire career, I never really realized I was creating a body of work. Little by little, I started seeing that I was reaping the rewards, whether it was me asking for bigger jobs or other opportunities. Looking back, I finally see that my being in this industry since I was 19 years old has definitely paid off, and the fact that I can encourage or help [people] out in their journey really makes it worth it.
WWE.COM: Without giving too much away, what’s one piece of advice you can give in terms of achieving success?
ANDREA: I think it’s really important that everybody realizes their own version of success. A lot of times we try to fit a mold, whether it’s what our parents want or what our friends want. Everybody has their own version of success. I feel that once one defines that for themselves, they’re on their way … but that could take time. It took me a very long time to define what success was for me. At the end of the day, it wasn’t money and it wasn’t notoriety. For me, personally, it was encouraging others [they’re not] working through this industry in vain.
WWE.COM: Did you have trouble writing your section of the book?
ANDREA: There comes a point where you have to get over talking about yourself. I always say nobody’s going to believe in you more than yourself. I feel like as one really believes in themselves, you really break through all the stigma that attaches to it. There’s a fine line between being humble and believing the hype. I really had so much to say in regards to helping others, but when I was able to organize my notes and finally just start letting my heart speak, it was hard to stop writing!
WWE.COM: Have you met any of your co-authors yet?
ANDREA: I have not. All of us span throughout the U.S. and we have our book launch in Los Angeles next Saturday. That’s the first time all of us will be under one roof. But we’ve become incredible friends throughout this process. It definitely has been a journey writing this book together, collaborating and asking for each other’s advice and support, because at the end of the day, you feel very vulnerable putting your story out there. We’ve been able to help each other through the journey, so I’m very excited to meet all the girls.
WWE.COM: What did you learn throughout the process from these women?
ANDREA: In the type of world that we all move in, which is very fast, these women have taught me that I’m not alone. I’ve created an amazing group of friends; I know we’re going to have each other’s backs for the rest of our lives. It’s just a testament of how I’m in the exact perfect place [I need to be] in my life, and it’s only going to get better. I just hope to encourage everybody, especially with these incredible, powerful women.
WWE.COM: Tell us about your book launch this weekend.
ANDREA: It’s going to be in Los Angeles, from 3-7 p.m. at Don Chente on Figueroa St. The event is sold out. We’ve sold 300-plus tickets and are getting a lot of media attention, which is something I wasn’t anticipating. But it is a one-of-a-kind book considering all of us are Latinas, we’re bilingual and we’re just trying to make a difference.