We had the good fortune of connecting with Gloria Paz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Working around different models, actors, and people behind the scenes on set, you can begin to develop true friendships that translate to your personal life. If you have a career that isnt necessarily around a group of people than there are plenty of social spots like parks, bars, or facebook meetup groups with different activities or classes. Social media has definitely made it easier to keep in touch my friends while still keeping up with each other’s artistic endeavours. Go to brunch or a meetup with people who share similar interests! Do a collab on creative projects together! Another way to connect and stay connected is to create a youtube channel, instagram etc. Use a platform that you are most comfortable with to share whatever interests, advice, or skills you’ve acquired and let the community that fits your personality come to you.
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.
There is a learning curve to establishing yourself In any industry. Whether you struggle through the process or have fun with it, it is never easy. The most growth comes from finding your boundaries and overcoming them. Pushing past what you know and making your world larger. When you branch out enough, you start to make connections, and then you can become interwoven with the community of whatever art or passion you are pursuing. For me it was finding my tribe of like minded creative people who had similar artist values and vision for telling a story through beauty. Whether it was just for fun or for a publication, be it a commercial or instagram post, the same attention to detail and exploration goes into the process. I got my start in a small cosmetology school but I took full advantage of what was available. From working in a salon to getting my start in freelance, my eye has been set on Vogue and Dazed magazine. I have a lot of experience under my belt but I recognize I will ALWAYS have room to grow. Right now in my career I’m focusing on a healthy approach to being detailed oriented. Exuding elegance and emotion are a huge part of my art. What is it when it’s in completely different scenarios and taken in different cultural directions. What about them are the same, and how can I play with concepts of modern beauty to bridge the gap between far reaching places where the essence of the soul pulls at you in the exact same way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I were to give someone,especially my bestfriend, a tour of the city through my eyes for the week than you bet everyday would begin with brunch from either HG Sply Co, Mi Cocina, or TNT. Great food and bomb drinks, along with great friends is all you need for a good time. A couple days throughout the week we might end up at Klyde Warren Park or DMA. It’s really a great spot to eat and hang out if you’re in the mood for food trucks, cute puppies, and art. Some favorites of mine are Yummy Elotes Mexican style street corn in a cup and Walt Garrison BBQ. Soooo Good! My bestie and I truly enjoy finding old and new local BBQ joints and mom and pop style restaurants. DFW is FULL OF THEM. I could seriously go down a rabbit hole of all of my favorite gems but I’ll just name a few for the sake of writing Haha! With so many places in Dallas to shop, I would say I go to Northpark and Galleria most often but I’ll drop into thrift stores and small boutiques for those unique personal finds or items I can use on set. If free expression is your thing, the best night life scene in my opinion is located in Oak lawn and Cedar Springs. And of course while you’re hanging out on the block there is always good food and drinks at every corner. Not alllll of my favorite places are JUST in Dallas. If you ever find yourself in Arlington check out Sabor Latino, a little Colombian food spot with the best fruit smoothies. My go to is always Lulo, a native Colombian fruit. Another place is Jambos BBQ shack, absolutely magical! I could go on and on about all of the fun things to do in DFW. It truly has something for everyone. Museums, nightlife, shopping malls, and a fantastic array of food culture.
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?
I have to give a HUGE shout out to Alicia Stepp and Stephanie Cantu for giving me the opportunity to not only create with them but to go on a life adventure with them. I’ve learned through many experiences that timing truly is everything. I also have to thank Britt, Adrienne, and the ladies of The Luxxe Beauty Co., for believing in me. I’ve had the honor of being friends and colleagues with some of the biggest cheerleaders ever! Surround yourself with like minded people that will push you to be a bigger and better person. These beautiful humans have stuck with me through it all and I’am blessed to have them in my life.
Models: Jace (Wallflower Management) Lilla Pryor (Next Management) Michaela McClure (Wallflower Management) Photography: Alicia Stepp Instagram.com/aliciastepptx Photo assist: Daniel Simpson Instagram.com/thedanielsimpson Makeup Artist: Stephanie Cantu instagram.com/cantumakeupartist Wardrobe Stylists: Candace Waldman Instagram.com/candacewaldmanstylist Jenny B. Davis Instagram.com/jennybdavis Lillie Miller Instagram.com/liiiilllliiiie
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