CITIES: Born/Raised in San Antonio & Currently in Manhattan, NY
ETHNICITY/RACE: Latina and Native American
EDUCATION: Currently at Our Lady of the Lake University
FAVORITE IG ACCOUNT: Goodness this is a tough one because there's so many I like, but definitely @thesecret! I'm a firm believer in the law of attraction and being positive and grateful for everything you have daily. This really helps me stay motivated!
FAVORITE QUOTE: "My favorite quote comes from my teen idol, Selena Quintanilla!
“Always believe the impossible is possible.”
I've had so many amazing things happen to me and there are times when I sit back and literally look around me and say how am I here? Don't get me wrong I am always grateful and appreciative for every Gig or job I get, but sometimes secretly I feel like I don't know how it happened! Lol It takes me back to that "the impossible is possible" if you believe in yourself and you follow God's path you can do anything!"
WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
"I am a mother of four amazing people. I grew up in San Antonio with working class parents who taught me to work hard for everything I want. In middle school I became interested in theater arts. I wanted so badly to be the main role in every thing I auditioned for. My theater arts teacher had a different idea for me and she put me on the make up crew. I got very familiar with doing people's make up and I loved it! My mom was a make up artist in San Antonio when she was younger. She had so many make up palettes from the 70s and 80s. I used to play with them all the time and style myself like Cindy Lauper, Debbie Harry, Stevie Nicks and Madonna. Let's just say I've been a MUA for a long time."
WHAT'S YOUR PURPOSE?
"My purpose first and foremost I know is to be a maternal influence to people including my four children. I have a strong maternal instinct and have since I was a kid. I think people are taken a back by it in the beginning but then they realize that we all need a mother figure. When I'm doing people's make up that instinct to help them feel comfortable in my chair and makes them feel like they're with one of their best friends (at least that's what I'm told). I love that I can make people feel comfortable and beautiful at the same time."
WHAT'S THE BIGGEST HARDSHIP YOU'VE FACED?
"One of the biggest hardships I've ever faced and I don't even know that it's a hardship now that I think about it because we all survived, but definitely it was being a mother at the age of 18. I was never responsible for anybody else other than myself and occasionally my little sister. I had this whole other being that I had to take care of and it was definitely a role I fit into very well. I took my son with me everywhere. I didn't have a car so we rode the bus and walked a lot. I didn't finish high school (that's another story), I got my GED but I did it.
I definitely want to send a message to young ladies and young men if they ever are in a situation similar…
Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do it. Fight every day for what you want because anything is possible in this life as long as you believe in yourself. I know it sounds cliché but there are a lot of kids out there struggling especially in our community. Maybe they don't have a role model or somebody who believes in them. I believe in my heart they don't need that, they just have to have self belief. I never thought having my first born was going to stop me, I always believed I could do it. It was a longer struggle but anything is possible with familia."
SHARE ONE OF YOUR HAPPIEST MOMENTS THUS FAR.
"I have four happy moments they’re alive and well in San Antonio and California. Looking into the eyes of my kids when they were just born. Those moments will forever be etched into my soul! It's a privilege every mother shares with her child and God. It will never leave my mind or my heart."
WHAT'S YOUR CONSTANT MOTIVATION & WHERE DOES IT ROOT FROM?
"I'm a fighter and I always have been. I can also call myself a survivor. Some of my life choices have not always been the best and I've been in situations where I've had to sink or swim or literally make life or death decisions. I have this what I call a “God voice” in the back of my mind. I listen to it and am in tune with it daily. When I feel like I can't continue, I literally silence myself and listen for the voice. I guess some people call it meditation, I call it my peaceful moments. If you see me not posting on social media, it's probably because I'm listening for that voice! LOL Believe me it's happened a lot here."
YOU'RE CURRENTLY WORKING IN NEW YORK, WHY AND HOW DO YOU FEEL?
"I came here as a contractor and freelancer for 21st Century Fox Network. I have been privileged to be a part of the Fox family affiliate where I am from. Coming here has always been a dream for me since my theater days as an artist. I would come often to visit New York and do business here but never to stay. I have to say this is the hardest thing I've ever done because my family is in Texas. Freelancing with the company has taught me so much about the industry in one of the most important places for make up in the country. Most of the trends for my industry are started right here. The team I am a part of is an Emmy-award winning team and some of the most amazing people I've ever met. I feel accomplished I've been here for 4 months and I'm sure those that have been a "New Yorker", it is not easy. I feel like I can do anything now because I have survived this far! That is part of my motivation as well taking it day by day and not letting the city swallow me whole! LOL I am enjoying being apart of the make up industry here."
YOU'VE WORKED ALONGSIDE THE QUINTANILLA FAMILY, WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY?
"There are so many! It's funny working with them and for them is almost not like working at all! LOL I love that my best friend contacts me from time to time. My favorite memory would have to be everything we did for MAC Selena in the city. Witnessing Suzette make her sister's dream come true was everything to me and the fact that I can say that I saw her do it made my life! She motivates me as well she's definitely a go getter and wonderful business woman to learn from."
WHEN YOU THINK OF TEXAS, YOU THINK OF _____.
"My family, my home, mi sangre."
WHAT'S SOMETHING THAT SOMEONE WOULDN'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
"LOL I just posted it on my Snapchat I was co-captain of a dance crew! We were called the FLY GIRLS and we choreographed dances so we could dance battle other people and enter talent shows! It was the 90s and everybody wanted to be Rosie Perez from in living colors’ Fly Girls. We didn't have Internet at the time so we would turn on the TV and watch American Bandstand, Dance Party USA and MTV. We would literally take those moves and put them together for hours. My childhood best friend and I followed Selena around Texas learning her moves and cumbia-ing our behinds off! It was a blast and a lot of cardio! I should probably get back to dancing now that I think about."
IF YOU COULD MEET ANYONE DEAD OR ALIVE WHO WOULD IT BE?
"My great grandmother Elvira, my grandfather's mother. She passed away before I was born and from what I hear she was a firecracker and a force to be dealt with! I say that with love. My mother told me stories when I was a little girl and till this day. My grandmother, her daughter-in-law, would compare us all the time. I feel like she's definitely with me and a part of me just by the stories that my family has told me about her. We can find out a lot about who we are from the people that came before us. For me, it's all about raices."