Interview with Ana Geelen Hernandez (@geelengeelengeelen)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Well the truth is that since I was little I have always been surrounded by the world of motorsport, not as a rave driver but as a big fan of the classics or Formula 1, my grandfather has always collected 2cv and organized classic car shows which I have always attended and helped to organize them, over time I realized that what I liked was being different, standing out, going against the tide and if most people like to do something I like to think that I am unique for choosing the opposite hahaha, daring with the uncommon is something that fills me, its what I see as really living my best life” hahahaha, and with my way of being, the adrenaline, the speed, energy, the challenge, competitiveness, the power and Being an inspiration for others, to choose to be part of any form of the motorsport world was undoubted, it is what goes with me the most, what fills me the most and I have had it inside since I was little,even in college (when I though I wanted to be a painter because I was more artistic than a fan for maths, in fact I got the best grades in my A-levels in art and design but I realized that at the end I always ended up painting cars hahahaha with which something was wrong there because in some way or another it is a world that I need in my life, for me it is what I am , engineer, designer, pilot, saleswoman, exhibition organizer or owner of her own brand of cars and if God wants one day of my own competition team, but whatever it is I am engines and I am happy as long as they are part of my life, and it does not matter in what form or in what way, as long as that passion and that vocation is there thats how I feel being myself the most and capable of everything.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Well, this is something that only my closest friends know, but when I started to get into the world of racing, above all I hardly had any money, I was 17 years old and my parents were not very convinced about me wanting to start training to get into competitions. and risk my life, with which I had to get the money to pay for the training, the equipment, flights from London to Madrid, go to see races, meet important people from the world, etc… by myself through saving any money I could get and studying while babysitting or doing any event or job that I could get paid, in fact, many times the money that my father gave me every month for food at my house in London where I studied for my career, I used to buy counted eggs and asparagus and plan the rations for dinner and lunch for all month to save at least € 100 and use them for training hahaha and my friends always told me how can you prefer to feel hungry for cars and I always answer that cars made me feel more full and satisfied than eating hahahaha it is true that sometimes I have lived hard times for economic reasons but I did not give up and I did what it took to continue there, which it is something that today I am very proud of.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

To never give up, it doesn’t matter what position they gain, it doesn’t matter who they are or who they know, if it fills them then don’t give up. Sometimes it’s not better the one that has more level or the one that is the number 1, but the one that continues there at any cost, at the end of the day what takes you far in life is not giving up, no one can decide what you can or cannot do, it doesn’t matter whoever you are, if you can do it and you are doing it, it is a fact. And no one can change that, not even you.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My friends have always been there, they have believed in me, they have encouraged me, even helped me from a young age with the little money that we could get together, hahaha, they have come to believe more in my dreams than in their own and to feel more proud of my merits than on theirs, they have always defended me, encouraged me, accompanied me and supported me. it is something that I will be eternally grateful for. because a lot of my strength has come from theirs.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Through my actions I have tried to normalize women in the world of motorsport, I try to demonstrate that everyone who wants to is capable of achieving what they set out to do if they fight for their dreams, I try to make the world see that motorsport is much cooler hahaha than they believe especially in The feminine world that believes that everything is screws, numbers, and cables, I try to make them see the fun side and inspire those who are more ashamed or don’t dare to be brave to get to next level and stand out.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“if you want your dreams to come true start by being a dreamer.”

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

My Instagram account @geelengeelengeelen is where I personally post everything I due regarding motorsport and my personal life too, to normalise the mixture of who I am and my passions.

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