We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabe Ceniceros and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gabe, what do you attribute your success to?
Early on I listened to everyone’s wants for my life. When I took that road I was miserable. Wherever I landed at the time, college classes, random jobs etc. I had no interest in the “the job” or in the cubicle, I just knew it wasn’t for me. I didn’t know how to achieve more at that time but knew there had to be more than just wasting away in a cubicle. No one ever advises or pushes you to walk your own path so a lot of times you don’t have that motivation to do you and most of us follow that.

I think that’s why I succeed. When I started doing “Me” and not other people, things really started to take off.

I’m a creative by nature but nobody ever tells you you can make a living using your own gifts.

I’m a prime example that your gifts, YOU are more powerful than you think.
That’s what keeps me motivated, keeps me pushing because the things I’m creating keep growing.

Now it’s just a matter of seeing how far I can take them.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a creative by nature so I tend to revolve my life around things that stretch my creativity and don’t veer too far off from them. First, I am a father to a wonderful boy I am proud to be able to say I took part in creating. I am also the proud owner of The Blacktop Grill a gourmet comfort food restaurant in Tucson Arizona which started as a small food cart and is now currently nominated for the best new restaurant by Tucson Weekly. A 7-year hustle I’m proud to call mine. From nothing to something. My other creative outlet is as a singer and songwriter for Reggae, Rock, Funk, Soul, Original band Los Streetlights.

I put a lot of energy into my family, business, and music. It’s my happy place. A place I don’t need a vacation from.

You can create your own happy place too. We tend to spend all our time working hard at our jobs but no time improving ourselves or our crafts. Spend more time on the things you love and I promise you’ll see some amazing things start to happen. Just know things don’t happen overnight.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So many places to eat, drink and visit in Tucson but if it was in a span of a few days it would definitely be…

Com Tam Thuan Kieu (Best Pho in town)
Baja Cafe
Cup Cafe
Loews Ventana Canyon (Best brunch in town)

Herraderro Meat Market
Blacktop Grill

The Parish
Sushi Cortaro
Jade Garden

Night Out:
Live music at either
The Rialto, Congress, 191 Toole or Chicago Bar.

Day Trips:
Mount Lemmon

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost shout out to both my parents. They did their best with what they had to raise 6 kids (I’m the eldest) and were always able to somehow make ends meet. So I give them a lot of credit for my hustle and resourcefulness. Having 6 kids you need a lot of both qualities.

I am now an avid reader thanks to Robert Kyosaki. I was not a reader in my early years but after reading “Rich Dad Poor Dad” in my early 20’s his book rocked both my world and my mindset. He gave me a new view of the world I had never seen. I truly believe his book turned my world around after that read.

Musically, I needed to fill an elective my freshman year so I chose Guitar 1. After striking my first note it changed me forever. Something about music has always called me and has now allowed me some amazing opportunities. The writing process is something I now enjoy the most. Taking something from your head and putting it on paper and to music is almost Zen.

I have many influences but listening to Bob Marley’s album “Confrontation” at the age of 12 rocked me to my core.

My early encouragement was a Sonoran Hotdog vendor from Yuma, AZ. He had the best fully loaded Sonoran Hotdogs for $3. I would visit him often after some of my music gigs. One night during a drunken conversation I asked how many hotdogs he sold per weekend to which he replied “700”. Do the math. I wish I knew that man’s name. I still give him credit for where I find myself today.

Website: https://www.theblacktopgrill.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/azrep/ https://www.instagram.com/theblacktopgrill/ https://www.instagram.com/losstreetlights/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LosStreetlights/ https://www.facebook.com/theblacktopgrill/

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-blacktop-grill-tucson-2

Image Credits
Edgar Reyes Marielle Ceniceros Arizona Daily Star Mandy Rena

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