Andy Rodriguez is a 21-year-old Sandwich Artist® and sociology student from Panorama City, California who isn’t afraid to get creative on the clock.
When he’s not creating sandwich masterpieces, you’ll find him in the studio — producing and hosting his own podcast on the THD Podcast Network.
When asked how Andy got his start as a Sandwich Artist, he says it all goes back to when his good friend, Elma, started working at Subway.
Through Elma, Andy got to know the people who worked there and felt welcomed at the restaurant. As soon as he was old enough, Elma put in a good word for Andy with the Franchisee. She decided to take a chance on him.
“[She] gave me a good opportunity, just to hire this kid who’s never had a job before.”
Four years later, Andy is still with Subway and loves being a part of the team.
Andy considers himself a creative at heart and can’t help but add a touch of originality to each order. He says, “I love being able to create while I’m on the clock."
I love being able to create while I’m on the clock.
For guests who don’t know what they want, he has a go-to recommendation that’s uniquely his own; “Rotisserie chicken is my #1. I do the herb and cheese bread, but here’s where it gets scientific — before I toast the bread, I add chipotle and some of that garlic and herb oil*.”
He also loves being able to create sandwiches that make people happy, seeing firsthand how food can have an emotional effect on people.
“You can always see the day people had on their faces. So that’s when I turn it on. I can make a sandwich so good it will change their whole mood.”
I can make a sandwich so good it will change [the customer's] whole mood.
Born and raised in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Andy uses his podcast platform to shed light on local issues and advocate for small businesses within the community he loves.
“On my podcast, I always tried to put a light on local issues and people. Good things and bad things that were happening.”
His podcast gained the attention of the President of the Chamber of Commerce for Panorama City, and after having a meeting — his production team now helps them with media needs like their local informational programs and galas.
Getting involved in the government was something Andy never pictured, but in the last five months, he was recognized twice by local and state governments for the work he’s accomplished on behalf of small businesses. He says it’s been a “surreal” experience.
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Top Image Credit: Subway®