We had the good fortune of connecting with Cindy Kennedy-Gomez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cindy, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Balancing work, kids, school and life in general is quite the challenge. Now more than ever due to this Covid-19 pandemic. Before Covid-19 we had the privilege of sending kids to school while going to work physically. We were able to take a lunch break and have some quite time to ourselves. Better yet, have the company of someone to talk to while dining in/out. For those that worked at home, they probably had a routine that made sense and felt that they had some control of their lives. Now, most of us are at home trying to balance a healthy state of mind, body and soul. Unfortunately, many have lost their jobs, are now working from home or are put on hold until everything starts to normalize itself. I am one of those individuals. I am a entertainment and news correspondent. My work life was filled with interviews, red carpets, field news segments, talk shows, music and so much more. I miss that. My life now is in my home. I write articles, research, edit videos/content for work. I am a co-teacher to both an elementary and middle school students. I cook 3-5 meals a day, became a rescue parent for both a dog and cat, clean up the same toys 4 times a day, force my son to take a shower, attend to my other half when he gets home from work and the list goes on and on and on. I start my day with an extra large cup of coffee while making breakfast, make sure the kids are set up for school and then I get to work. I’ve been trying to follow a schedule that I made on a white board with designated time-slots for everything. The first half usually works but once the kids are done with school, it just kinda falls apart but someway, somehow it works itself out. I figure if it didn’t go as planned today, there’s always tomorrow.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’d like to share with you a little bit of my background so you could get to know me on a personal level. My family and I started like a lot of immigrant families. My parents came to the US at a young age, met and had 2 daughters. My sister is older than me. As a little girl she would fill up her little red wagon with oranges. My dad and her would go out and sell oranges in the street just like a lot of people still do to this very day. As a family, we would also go to the beach and dig in trash cans for recyclables to sell so we can get extra money. At the time, we thought it was normal and we had fun. Not realizing that the reality of it was the complete opposite for my parents. But they never showed weakness and did everything they could for us. We worked our way out of a trailer park home to now my father is a successful self-made business man in the world of real estate/construction developer. The entertainment business was always something I wanted to do. At age 9 I did some research and quickly found an acting school/talent agency. My parents made an appointment for me to audition. I took photos and played a couple of roles in both Spanish and English. I was so happy when they said I was exactly what they were looking for. I was in! It was the best day of my life. Unfortunately, shortly after I started the school closed permanently. As a kid, I felt like my world was over but I knew deep down inside that one day I would again try. Second time around went a little something like this. As a young adult (late teens to early 20’s), I started researching again and I was back in the scene. This time I was modeling, doing runway fashion shows, and co-hosted my first show. While in the process, I got pregnant and had my first born son. It became very challenging for me to be a full-time mother especially because I wasn’t ready to be a mom. So between my child, a full-time job and doing my modeling/hosting on the side I broke down and put myself aside because it wasn’t about me anymore. Once again, I told myself as soon as my son gets a bit older, I will find by way back. They say 3rd times a charm and it sure was, for my son! I was back in the industry but this time it wasn’t for me, it was for my son. He is a child actor. Both my son and I share the same love and passion for this industry. As my son got older I thought to myself my time is coming but he wanted to have a sibling so I put myself to the side again just for a little while and we welcomed a beautiful little girl into our lives. So now I was a full-time mom to two kids. The faces my son makes every time he would get an audition, book a job and saw himself on TV brought me the greatest joy but it also made me reflect on myself and my dream. By this time I felt my biological clock was ticking and my hopes of one day making a name for myself didn’t feel realistic to me. My life was amazing but not complete as an individual. I sunk into a great depression. I knew I wasn’t that young, single girl anymore. I needed to do something that would fit into my lifestyle. I looked for an alternative. I sat down and wrote what I love about the industry and jobs that I’ve done. Hosting kept coming up so once again, I did some research and started school at the Academy. A couple of months into school I learned so much. I had fun and I knew I this time was going to be different. Here is where I started to met people that helped kick start my career. It all happened so fast.I graduated from school with behind-the-scenes experience and gained more knowledge of real life hosting for the big networks that I dream of working for. I am a reporter, journalist, producer, news and media personality/correspondent. I also model and act every now and then. I feel what sets me apart from others is my physical appearance because of my half-sleeved arm tattoo and my voice. My tattoo at first was a big disadvantage and would cause me to lose certain jobs but I quickly learned that it helped me get other ones. A lot of people know me as the girl with the cool tattoo. My voice is raspy. It sounds like I’m someone who smokes cigarettes when in fact, I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life. But when people hear my voice they know it’s me without even looking, Its kinda cool! I have a distinctive voice and I’m learning to like it more and more! Also, I wear prescription glasses so it helps me look smarter! haha! In this industry, most of the women are somewhat younger than me. A part of me felt that I had to keep up with them physically to continue and it was exhausting mentally! I put a lot of pressure on myself. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks so this would make it even worse. In the middle of the night I would get panic attacks and rush to the hospital thinking I was going to die because I felt like I couldn’t breath. On my way to a carpet I would have to pull over because I felt that I was getting a heart attack just thinking to myself, what if I messed up? What if they don’t like me? Sometimes when I felt that I didn’t do a good job, I would cry on my way home. Although they say its mental issue but when its that severe you feel it physically as well. I thank god and my family who encourage me everyday. I see life from a different perspective and try not to let certain things get to me. At the end of the day, I am thankful for what I’ve learned and the people I know and have met along the way. There’s a quote that I live by that I’d love to share with you. It’s helped me so much. I read it every time I feel threatened, worried or uneasy. “Be thankful for closed doors, detours and roadblocks; they protect you from paths and places not meant for you.”
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.
I’m from Los Angeles, CA. Particularly from the South Bay. The weather is amazing and the vibe here is incredible. Disneyland is less than an hour way, the beach is down the street, and the mountains and desert are only a few hours away. We have it all. We are blessed and privileged to live in such a dream world. The beach is definitely a must go to. Theres so many beaches to visit. These are a few of my favorite because they have entertainment for the entire family… Santa Monica Pier, Redondo Beach, Long Beach, Balboa Island in Newport Beach and Dana Point. When you want a more peaceful beach experience I head over to San Pedro/Palos Verdes. They have the most beautiful views of the ports, ocean and city views. Huntington Beach has amazing camping grounds and concerts in the summer! Laguna Beach and Malibu are a must! Newport, Hermosa and San Diego are definitely the 21+ hotspots I love going too. Pretty much anywhere along the coast is a stunning! If my guest wants to experience the Hollywood Guide Tour vibe I’d take them over to Hollywood Blvd and make reservations at all the famous Hollywood celebrity hotspots which includes places such as Nobu, Catch LA, TAO, etc. Hollywood as such amazing landmarks but my favorite place in the Hollywood area is the Observatory in Griffith Park. I’m a space nerd and I love the stunning views! Two of my favorite restaurants that are not in the Hollywood area are Orange Hill and Coco Palms. We have so many amusement parks in CA and all within driving distance! My favorite is Disneyland! I love downtown Disney too! Universal Studios has its theme park and also the famous City walk. It has restaurants, retail, nightlife and even a movie theater. Buena Park has an amazing variety of entertainment. I love Medieval Times and Pirates Dinner Adventure. If you want to venture out of LA I would definitely head over to Hearst Castle, Winchester Mystery House, Palm Springs and Napa Valley! There’s so much to do that I can’t possibly name them all.
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?
God of course is first and foremost! There’s so many amazing people that have helped me along the way. I wouldn’t be who I am if it wasn’t for them. I’d like to start off with my foundation: My Dad, mom and sister were my very first supporters! They are the ones who helped me with everything as a child and still until this very day. I am blessed to have such a strong father figure! He taught me how to be responsible, respectful, work hard and how to be successful. My mother taught me how to love, care, cook and some of the most valuable life lessons. My sister taught me how to stand up for myself, to look at life from a different perspective and to see beauty in everything and everyone. She gave me my first best job ever! She made me an aunt! My kids from another mother! I love them so much! They bring me so much joy! Half way through life I met my other half! To my husband: Thank you for your words of encouragement! You always have something positive to say even when I’m not being the nicest person to you. Thank you for supporting me through it all. You helped give me the best gift in the world… my kids! We have two beautiful children who have taught me what life is really about! You guys are what keeps me going. You are the reason I wake up and push myself to be a better person. I love you from the bottom of my heart! Also, to my extended family (cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc) I love you. I have a very small group of friends that I can count on and I’m thankful for each one of you! Thank you for supporting and believing in me, all 5 of you lol! Throughout the years, I’ve met wonderful people and I’d like to thank them for helping me through this journey… They are in order from the beginning off my career to current. I met an amazing entrepreneur by the name of Ana Vergara who gave me the opportunity to model for her brand. From there I met other brand owners (whom she knew) and I modeled for them and after that I took off to walk runway’s and co-hosted for a shows. I attended The Academy of Radio and TV Broadcasting school in Huntington Beach, CA and met amazing people. I was blessed that two of the instructors helped me get jobs while still attending school. Aaron Spurlock helped me get my first hosting job for LA Fashion week. The other instructor, Ruben took me to my first behind the scenes job as a camera operator for interviews to NBC’s The Voice. This was the turning point in my hosting career. While working for Ruben, I met Bobby Jones from Buzz Access (formally: the new music buzz). He pretty much took me under his wing and the rest was history! I started working on so many red carpets from The Voice, to America’s got talent, movie premiers, concerts and so many other cool events! Through Bobby I met a lot of amazing hosts. One that stands out to me would be Kiyra Lynn. She really helped by coaching me. She would give me the best pointers and lessons when it came to this industry. It was Fernando Escovar from Fab TV who gave me my very first host award for “Best Stand-up’s”. Thanks Fernando! That’s been one of the high-lights of my career, so far. A little after I graduated from the academy. My main instructor Ricky Buttery recommended me to City TV to work as a local News Reporter for the City of Lakewood. To me this is a milestone in my career because its different from entertainment. I get to write/produce my segments. This really pushes me to work hard and challenges me the most. I get to work alongside Anthony Gunderman who is the one of the most patient people I’ve meet in this industry. He helps coach me while on site and of course Eileen McIIrath who helps correct all my mistakes lol. Steve and everyone else at City TV, thank you for taking a chance on me. Ricky also introduced me to Tim Greenwood who put me on the map in Southgate, CA as the host for their annual Christmas parade which is aired on TV. I’d also love to thank someone who came into my life, unexpectedly. She is someone who I look up to. She always has the best advice and can help you in any situation. Her words are priceless and she really encourages me to be a better person. She is just the best boss friend ever! Tracy Romulus, thank you for allowing me to be part of your world. You’re lovely both inside and out. My life has changed so much in the most positive way since I met you and your beautiful family. I value your words, wisdom and knowledge. You are a wonderful mommy/wife!
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