We had the good fortune of connecting with Glory Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Glory, why did you pursue a creative career?
Pursuing the artistic journey was not what I originally had in mind. I was majoring in Civil Engineering back in 2018 when I first realized I had chosen the wrong path. I had another passion that I needed to pursue. Although I was pretty impeccable with solving math problems, I wasn’t truly happy with my choice of career. Knowing the artistic world is very competitive and at times not guaranteed, it did not stop me from walking away from the ‘’system of success’’. Go to college, get a degree, work a 9-5. Quitting college can be very disappointing for a lot of people. The fear of judgment from family and friends was pretty overwhelming, but it did not stop me from pursuing my dreams. It was honestly the best decision I have ever made. So, why art and not engineering? Well, as a kid I loved to entertain, make people laugh, and make them feel different emotions. Aside from the entertainment world, I also paint. Painting let’s me create my own little world. I get lost in the process of being the god of my own creation on a canvas. I was born to create in one form or another, it is a gift that I have, my passion and the purpose of my life.
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.
Being where I am today is definitely something to be proud of. I have achieved many things without it being handed to me. Although I had a good support team with my mother and aunt, I unfortunately suffer from depression/ADHD/anxiety. It hasn’t been easy at times to continue going after my dream but I am proud to keep pushing even when the odds were not in my favor. Before I became a full time model, I would work 80+ hours a week at 3 jobs for almost 2 years. I saved, and saved to be able to be without any financial worries. I had long days at work and didn’t go out with friends for a while. I grew up fast, knew where I wanted to be and my priorities. If I ever did go out and have fun, I had to sacrifice my sleep in order to have some fun.
Finally after years of working I hit my budget goal which allowed me to be free from working under someone. I became my own boss. I started reaching out to people and doing work for free to build up my resume. I was consistent and improving everyday.
The biggest lesson I have learned with this journey is to be yourself, and not listen to what anyone else says if you know exactly what you want to do with your life. Make yourself happy, be consistent, and always try your best to improve yourself. This thing called life is a mental game with yourself and nobody else. Once you start worrying about society that’s when you will start drowning in your own blood.
To overcome the obstacles was merely a trial and error situation, make mistakes and learn from it. As well as be patient, never chase, what is meant for you will always come to you.
Overall, what I want people to know about me is that I am not here for the clout, I am here for the art, the ability to let people see my physical art and to entertain people.
I want to be known for doing what I love and the love I have for creating.
I am excited to be the person I have always dreamed of.
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.
Here in Dallas, there is not much to do other than drink, hang out with friends, and get fat. I would bring them to meet Ariana because she makes any event a party and we would just get drunk to the point of no return. My favorite places to go eat would be haywire/shops of legacy because the restaurants are super delicious there. My favorite breakfast places are Snooze and The original pancake house so I would most likely take them there as well. There are certain events that Dallas has that are cool but I don’t go out much.
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Being thankful isn’t enough for the people that have been with me through thick and thin. One day I hope to take care of them the same way they took care of me.
I am very thankful for my mother, Rosa. She has always supported my dreams and allowing me to find myself. She never once interfered with the process of who I was becoming. In fact, she is very proud of the hardworking woman I have become in pursuing my dreams. She helped me financially at my starting ups without a hesitation or complains. She is the best listener and never once judged me. I can say she is one of a kind and my best friend.
Maribel, my aunt, for raising me as well and teaching me how to be a proper lady. We have bumped heads several times because she has great expectations from me. In the end I am grateful for having that discipline in my life because it didn’t allow me to be completely crazy.
Ariana, Sparks, Bree and Live are one of my closest friends. Has been there through my artistic journey from the very beginning. They all inspire me with the strong souls and energy that they have. Always bringing light into my life, they have also have helped my at my lowest when I didn’t have much at all. They are truly the most genuine and authentic people I know.
Lastly, God. I am confident in knowing the type of relationship I have with him. He has as always been my stronghold. There is never a doubt in my mind that he always have done the things in my life for a good reason. He has put blocks in my life to build me as the person that I am and has given me the most amazing mother, aunt, and friends I could ever ask for. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for him.