We had the good fortune of connecting with Aly Gonzales and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Aly, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Oof. The question we ask ourselves all the time. You know, I think as creatives we often find ourselves in this place. There isn’t a right answer to this. In my opinion simply put: if you feel it in your heart – don’t give up. Even when you are in a place of doubt or a rut on the other side of that pressure you are bound to have that flame reignited in your soul. It’s funny because over the last 10+ years I have felt this feeling more than I’ll ever truly admit. A diamond isn’t a diamond without a little pressure. If you want it you’ll go through hell and high water. But, you know…sometimes there are plain and simple reasons who many give up. They just don’t want it. That is also more than fine. My piece of advice would be…if you can vision it…you can 100% do it. Don’t give up! Keep working! Keep pushing!!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an actor! I have been In the arts since I was a child. I started in church plays and then just continued from there. It has been quite the journey! I got to where I am professionally by constantly throwing myself into projects and my fight for what I love to do! Im only just beginning but, I cant wait to see what my career holds!! Easy??? NO! I have wanted to give up time and time again. What truly has stopped me from giving up was my love for what I do. It fuels me. It makes me feel alive when I am in front of the camera. I have learned the art of patience. I have learned that anything worth having does not come easy!! It will be a challenge and push you to becoming better. The thing Id love for the world to know about myself/brand is that I will alway be authentic to who I am and what I stand for.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
OH!!! were going everywhere!!!

-exploring hollywood!
-lunch, dinner, and cocktails!

I think beach cities are super cool places to meet people and exciting to check out for sure!

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 FAMILY! They champion me in ways I never thought possible. They go along with all my crazy ideas and push me to follow them through!

Website: www.alygonzales.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/iamalygonzales

Image Credits
Kobe Levi Volkswagen

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