We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabriella Corvina and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabriella, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Work ethic. Talent and beauty can only take you so far. Like the saying goes, hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. I’ve always seen that in my life. I’ve always felt like an underdog in the industries I’ve entered. Especially in the Martial Arts world being a woman. I’ve always been one of the only women in a martial arts school but I’ve always depended on my work ethic in those moments. When I’m underestimated, that’s when I shine. I think everyone underestimates hard work. They’re always surprised to get tapped out by the girl. But that only comes from a competitive edge and a work ethic that won’t let up.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At the heart of all I do. I am a Martial Artist. I’ve seen my Martial Arts take me more places and give me more opportunities than anything else in my life. And it is what sets me apart in every industry I enter. Filmmaking, acting and fitness. It’s always carried me through and opened doors. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. It’s so ingrained into my life and philosophy, I couldn’t get away from it even if I tried. But, it’s never been easy, although, the more I hone into that skill, the more I find opportunities open up to me. I truly believe it’s my destiny at a deep deep level. I was born to do what I’m doing and pave the path I’m paving. I’ve learned that the more I lean into my style, the closer I get to my dream. The goal. If I tried to be like any other martial artist, I don’t think I’d have even made it this far. Just like the world expected Jackie Chan to be another Bruce Lee, he instead, paved his own path and now the world knows and loves him as Jackie Chan. I feel the same applies for me, especially as a woman. I want to be Gabriella Corvina. I want to share my style. And I’ll be the first female martial artist to do it my way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Dallas area, but I don’t hang out in the city. I’m more of a country girl at heart. My favorite place to hang out is the park with my 2 German shepherds.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Jay Leija, my best friend and filmmaking partner. I wouldn’t be where I am now without his help and insane work ethic. Evelyn Villoria, my mom, my support, the reason I work hard, and biggest fan. Eddie Posas, my father, my martial arts instructor, and inspiration. Finally, my family and friends. You know who you are.