SOULS

of San Francisco

“I’m a creative. I have a youtube channel called Fancy Made that just went over one million views. I teach people how to make costumes, jewelry, clothes. I also dabble in creating decorations for events: birthdays, bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, backgrounds, and costumes for people. It’s a lot of different things. Sometimes I can’t even keep up with my own head.” “How would you describe your aesthetic?” “Very glittery.”

“I was a weird kid. I used to get made fun of for my creativity because I would show up to parties in homemade costumes. Kids would bully me a lot because I wouldn’t buy the store made costumes. What made me strange before sets me apart now. I learned to embrace that. I’m glad I never stopped creating because people thought it was weird.”

“I came to America from Mexico when I was 5 because my parents wanted to give me a better life. I don’t take anything for granted. I think everything is a blessing. I’m constantly reminded of where I came from and what my parents do. The jobs they have is not necessarily what they wanted, my mom is a house cleaner for a lot of families in Palo Alto and my dad works for a cable company. My dad was gonna go to medical school in Mexico. My mom was one of the top executive secretaries for the largest sugar factory in Mexico. I look at what their life was there versus here and it’s so different. Their talent isn't recognized here and that makes me sad.”

“How’s you relationship with your parents?” “I’m extremely close with my mom. I have a better relationship with my dad now.” “Since you feel like they gave up their dreams for you to have greater freedom what kind of dynamic does that create between you?” “I feel like every choice I make has to be the right choice because I cannot let my parents down. Everything that I’m doing now is essentially for them. I need to be successful so I can provide for them when they’re older. If they’re happy, I’ll be happy.” “Are you happy now?” “Yes.”

“What’s your favorite thing about yourself?” “How loving I am. I love that. I don’t hold back on the amount of love that’s inside of me and I give it out like candy. Before it used to be like ‘Why are you so loving and emotional?’ but now I know that makes me awesome…I don’t know why I’m crying. I’m always crying.”

“Who’s been the biggest influence on your personal and creative development?” “My mom. She’s the Mexican Martha Stewart. When we were younger, since we didn’t have a lot of money, she would take us to Michaels and we would pick up stuff to make for the week. That would be our entertainment. I’m so glad I grew up poor. It taught me how to be resourceful.”

Right - “We met one night at a mutual friend’s party and right away I thought he was cute. We all ended up going to a bar and I went to go talk to him and he was polite, but I couldn’t really tell if he was interested or not. I was like ‘whatever’ but then when I started dancing he came up and danced right in front of me, but with his back to me. Finally when they were doing last call he came up and gave me very direct eye contact and I say, ‘Oh now you’re gonna come talk to me, right before the end of the night?’ He said that he liked me but an ex of his was there and he didn’t want to upset him by being too forward, but that he was interested. So I invited him back to my house to watch Pulp Fiction…I think we might have made it through the opening credits!”

Right - “After we spent the weekend together I just knew. I texted him and said ‘I think I’m gonna marry you’ but I never heard back from him until that Friday. When I saw him he acted like nothing had happened and I was like ‘Did you get my text?’ He said he did but he felt scared. I asked him why and he said, ‘Because I felt exactly the same way’.”

“Who’s been the biggest influence on your personal and creative development?” “My mom. She’s the Mexican Martha Stewart. When we were younger, since we didn’t have a lot of money, she would take us to Michaels and we would pick up stuff to make for the week. That would be our entertainment. I’m so glad I grew up poor. It taught me how to be resourceful.”

“Do you wanna take a portrait?” “Well okay, but I feel like my eyes look pretty sad.” “Do you feel sad?” “I’m okay.” “Your eyes don’t look sad to me, they look bright.” “Yeah well...I’m pretty happy. I woke up today.”

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