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

Hi Sonia, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I simply can not imagine myself doing anything else, I love being my own boss while simultaneously fulfilling my inner imaginative child. I’ve always known it was in my future to pursue something creative, it’s been the identity I’ve held onto my entire life. When I was a child my mother would get irritated with me because I’d turn all the magazine cover models into cholas, drawing on lip liner, eyeliner and thin eyebrows. Now people pay me to draw on their faces, it’s lovely how the world works.

College was never an option for me and neither was a normal 9-5, I do not want to make anyone else more money than I am making myself. Being a creative can be challenging, there is this overwhelming pressure of sticking to only one medium and there is no real plan on being successful, you just kind of go for it and hope it works. Truthfully I was scared when I decided to work for myself, no more set schedule or job security, among other things. Taking that risk changed my life and my perspective, I wish I would have done it sooner.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Makeup Artist / Photographer, I specialize in Glamour Photography which allows me the pleasure of turning women into supermodels for the day. The process starts off with a makeup application, followed by a photoshoot, and completed with image retouching based on my client’s preference. I take pride in doing three different professions in one process by myself, but the biggest reward is seeing my clients glow and regain confidence after our sessions, I love celebrating women and their individual beauty. Although I have a good thing going now, back in the day I would offer free photoshoots to get my portfolio going. People doubted me and for a moment I doubted myself, I was uncertain people would want to pay me for my work. I struggled with marketing myself for the first couple of years and I also struggled with understanding my value. Through time I created new rules and regulations anytime I felt taken advantage of, you really have to be firm about who you are, what you’re worth, and what you allow. I would like to be an inspiration to anyone pursuing their dreams, I am a Chicana Artist that decided to follow her dreams regardless of any circumstances thrown my way, in a household where art was not a real profession and motivation towards it was non existent I still f*cking did it, and we out thriving baby!

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?
I’m taking my bestie to the beach AND to the snow because you can do that in SoCal. Definitely taking her to the ChaCha Lounge or Scam & Jam for a fun night out. For food we’re hitting taco trucks and sushi, and for dessert for sure going to La Horchateria for churro ice cream sundaes.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My lover, he has been there to support me and my goals. Every time I paint a new piece he is quick to display it in our home, he even purchases frames for projects I am currently working on in preparation to hang. His hard work and determination in his own journey has allowed us to build and work towards a great future together. I couldn’t be more grateful and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. ❤️

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