MCM: Colombian entrepreneur Mauricio Vega has that ‘Latin Plug’
Mauricio Vega, a 35-year-old entrepreneur who lives in New York City but was born in Manizales, Colombia, is revolutionizing the Latin entertainment world with his ‘Latin Plug’ entertainment networking events. Vega, who dreamed of becoming a television host, created the annual one-day ‘Latin Plug’ conference in May of 2017, after struggling to find information on how to succeed in the competitive entertainment world. Now, he hopes his ‘Latin Plug’ events will help others, who aspire to make a name for themselves in the entertainment world, make connections with industry insiders and learn from them as they share their stories on moderated panels. We spoke to Vega about all thing ‘Latin Plug’ and this is what he had to say:
PPL: What exactly is ‘Latin Plug?
Vega: Latin Plug is a networking event. It’s a mixture between a festival and a conference, of which the main focus is Latino empowerment. The idea of Latin Plug is to connect Latinos in the entertainment industry with those hoping to form a part of it. It’s a place where a ‘dreamer’ can get information on how to get their dream job and grow their professional network at the same time. The goal is help each other grow and succeed. It’s my personal goal that the event becomes a platform that encourages unity among Latinos. As Latinos when we’re together, we can achieve more. ”
“Latinos unidos somos más y podemos más .”
PPL: Where and how often are Latin Plug events held?
Vega: Latin Plug is currently held once a year in New York but we are working to expand it to include events in Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida. We’d like to host a Latin Plug event in each of those cities at least once a year.
PPL: How has the event grown since 2017 to now?
Vega: Since 2017, we’ve grown by leaps and bounds. Latin Plug has been covered by many major newspapers and a long list of television, radio and online media outlets. Our first event was attended by about 200 guests. Last year, we welcomed about 600 guests to our second annual event. And are expecting upwards of that this year. We’ve also been getting a lot of attention from big brands that are excited to work with us as well as music labels and T.V. networks. This year we’re looking forward to opening more doors in other communities and share ‘Latin Plug’ with people from all over. We have an important purpose and message and want to share it with everyone.
PPL: How many panels will this year’s event feature and what are the main themes discussed in these panels?
Vega: This year Latin Plug will feature five panels focusing on music, women empowerment, radio and television, digital platforms and social media.
PPL: What do you think makes Latin Plug different from other Hispanic-focused events and conferences?
Vega: I think the main difference is that Latin Plug is about teaching, providing guidance, offering steps of ‘how to.’ At other events, guests can listen to panelists speak but walk away without a real sense of how to get to that other side of the conference in terms of ‘What can I do to become more like the panelist before me? How can I reach my goals?’ At Latin Plug, we stress the importance of sharing specific strategies and information that is truly useful in getting to that next level. It’s about providing the right information and educating attendants on what they need to do to make their dreams come true. There’s so many talented people out there who don’t know what to do with that talent…I have talent, now what? The idea is for these people to find that answer at Latin Plug.
This year’s Latin Plug event will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd from 3-11p.m. at Cachet Boutique Hotel NYC, 510 W 42nd Street, New York, NY. Tickets range between $20-$30. For more information on how to get tickets for the event visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latinplug-2019-conference-festival-tickets-6466512713