1. What is something not too many people know about you?
If I’m feeling down or frustrated about something, writing is my number one go to. Since the 5th grade, I’ve kept multiple journals (or diaries but I feel lame using that label) chock-full of hilariously cringe worthy entries about my 10-year-old woes with boys and gripes with my brothers and cousins. My journaling started from my obsession with the movie Harriet the Spy-- she kept a journal with a bold “PRIVATE” scratched on the cover. I thought she was hella cool being all secretive and shit, so I got my own!
During college was the first time I really found myself writing more and more frequently-- I’d even write a bit of free-form poetry (but like, freee-free form. If you can find my tumblr, you’ll know what I mean, lol) and got my feet wet in songwriting.
Another thing that no one except my boyfriend, Brandon, knows is that I like listen to Cumbia and Rancheras when I need a pick-me-up or a calm down if I’m feeling anxious. Brandon asks me, “So you essentially listen to high-energy, dancey, Latin music to also ‘calm’ yourself down??” Yes, dear Brandon. Yes I do. The things you learn when you date a mexican woman, amiright.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
Singing is my biggest passion. Ever. Like eever, ever. That’s actually another thing that no one really knows or remembers about me now. But all my life, all I wanted to do was sing. I got my start via singing and guitar lessons when I was around 6 with my grandma’s brother. He even recorded me singing a cover of Hey Baby by No Doubt on this clear, purple cassette tape. It’s so embarrassing, but I’m proud of how early 2000’s it all is. Around the same time I performed in my first talent show, donning an all pink outfit from Limited Too (now known as Justice) and my song was “Soak Up The Sun” by Sheryl Crow, my mom’s favorite. (Fun Fact: After the show, a girl in a grade below asked for my autograph and I was stoked out my damn mind.)
By the time I was in 5th grade, I started singing in our church’s youth choir and kept at it until my senior year of high school-- All the while singing and learning technique in school choir, musicals, and vocal lessons. I loved singing as much as I loved other performing arts.
For a few reasons towards the end of college, I stopped singing and performing all together. One reason being my lack of time to dedicate towards rehearsals for a musical, but the bigger one being my own mental roadblocks and questions on the purpose of pursuing my passions at all. My mistake in this was not seeing how necessary it is to keep your passions alive and continue to do what makes you happy.
Interestingly enough, during this time that I stopped with music I started my journey with modeling at the top of 2016. It was definitely a 180, but to me modeling is like fast-art and it fulfilled my need to create and be artistic. I could create a concept in mind to capture a specific emotion or look, shoot with a photographer for about an hour, and just like that I’ve created something! Modeling honestly opened my world too-- I learned to utilize social media to help me find like-minded photographers and individuals, make new friends, travel to places I’d never been before, and gain unique opportunities to do cool things like this!
3. What are your goals for the future?
My goals, 2018 and on, are to re-focus on music, get involved with the arts community from all mediums, take ownership and educate myself on my Mexican heritage, ACTUALLY grow a legitimate savings account, travel to a new country, be kinder to myself and those who love me, speak up for myself, and eat more veggies and less meat(!!). Oh, and exercise more often. That would be nice.
4. What is your definition of success?
Are you happy with your growth thus far and excited as hell for what’s to come? I’d say that’s the basis for success. It is not monetary and it is not material. I believe true success to be self-fulfillment, reaching personal goals, nourishing your body everyday, and following the golden rule ma mama taught me: Do to others as you would have them do to you. Be courteous, be understanding more often than not. Also, use your damn turn signals.
I constantly try to remind myself that no one really knows what the hell they’re doing. So long as you’re honest with yourself, never stay stagnant in life, and do the work that makes you happy, you’re a successful human being.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're currently working on.
This weekend I’m working on recording the first of many covers to come with my crazy talented friend, Shane Q. I’m also re-upping my vocal technique game with my other golden-piped-crazy-talented friend Cindy Maslov, of the duo Inland. Aaand I’ve (lowkey) got some songs in the works that I will have help from my boyfriend, who is again Brandon but is better known as the infamous Soosh*e!, in producing and song creation. My goal is to make a few originals, create my first EP, and start performing again to get back to what I love the most. <3