We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabriella Gonzalez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabriella, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
I want to be Successful. Everyone had their own definition of success , but to me success looks like being financially stable and capable to take care of my parents and to be genuinely happy doing something you love, now to me that is success. To be able to wake up and do something you love and be financially set doing what you love is truly a blessing ,a lot of people don’t get to experience that ever in their lifetime. As a first generation High School Graduate , and a first generation entrepreneur who is already successful at what i do i will continue to work hard to become my definition of successful.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a Professional Hair and Makeup Artist, i truly love every aspect of my job. I meet so many amazing people on a day to day basis but the end result every time is what i live for, there’s something about meeting someone and really building a connection with them while their in your chair and then when their finished to just see the ray of confidence and encouragement given to them is just like breathtaking every time. I love making people feel so good and beautiful about themselves. I’ve been in this profession for 6 years now and I become more and more proud of myself everyday. The road to get here has not been easy at all ive experienced everything you can think of being scammed or ripped off, being broke, working for low wages, having minimum wage jobs while still trying to pursue makeup full time,but i would never change any of my experiences because each time has taught me something different and allowed me to grow even stronger as a person and artist in this beauty industry. Its hard when you face these challenges on top of life throwing curve balls and its so easy to give up when something like this happens to us, but for me makeup felt like my only escape and only thing that would keep me going and encouraged. I”ve had so many amazing opportunity’s in my lifetime already as an artist,like working for music videos for multiple popular artist, Forbes interviews, This year i had the opportunity to do the Latin Grammy’s with Nominated Artist and i worked the 2022 Grammy’s just last week, I’m truly beyond blessed im literally living my dreams. I cant wait to see all the other amazing things i achieve, I hope to continue to make a beautiful impact on the world one slay at a time .
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?
My sister Jessie , who encouraged me to do something i love after high school , instead of something that would make me money and just make my family happy. Senior year i was torn between wanting to become a social worker or pursue my love for makeup. Lots of family encouraged me to get a “Good Job” or something in the “Medical Field” where you’ll always be needed ,and i already knew i didn’t want to do that but i knew i wanted to make good money. My older sister who plays a mother like role in my life really encouraged me to just do something i love she always would say , you don’t want to hate your job like you wanna do something that your happy with for the rest of your life, lol i remember her always calling me like did you look into this or that ? She was very adamant about me doing something i wanted and she really pushed me to check out make schools and different programs, Without her encouragement i don’t know if i would have pursued makeup directly after high school . So without her i probably wouldn’t be as far as i am today.