We had the good fortune of connecting with Mariana Gomez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mariana, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
When I graduated from High School, I had to decide wheater I would stay in Querétaro, México and be with my family and keep my relationship, or leave my country and move to Atlanta, Georgia, where I would pursue my dream in Film & Television. It was the most difficult decision of my life because I had to decide between my relationships and my own future. I found myself in a place I believed no one else would ever be, however, the more I meet people and the more I grow, the more I find troubled individuals who are experiencing the exact same thing. My only advice is: no one will ever take the memories you have, but the future you will build starts with the decisions you make. Every decision, make sure is the one which makes you feel warm inside. It’s scary! We’re all scared, the difference stands in taking a risk scared, instead of not taking a risk at all. A risk is a risk, but I assure you, you will be closer to your dream than you were if you don’t take it. Put yourself first! Always!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Mexican Latina actress and filmmaker. After attending NYFA in Universal Studios and Harvard University at 12, ten years later, I now have acted in over 40 productions and have over 50 credits in positions behind the camera. In 2018 I published my book THIS IS NOT A LOVE STORY. Later on, my documentary LATINOS + FILM +USA, won three awards and got 13 official selections after premiering in NYC at the Latino Film Market Film Festival in 2019. I was named “Ambassador of the Youth of 2019 of the state of Queretaro”. Nowadays, I continue fighting for inclusion and giving a voice to the silenced and marginalized, as I explain in my articles in the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunities Project. It hasn’t been easy. Of course not! I always try to keep the small decisions forward, and always say yes to opportunities where I know there are things where I could learn and practice my craft.
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 love Atlanta! My favorite spots are Ria’s Bluebird, where I am sure there are some ghosts hunting around, as well as the Swan House for some Hunger Games pictures, Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party for some scones and tea of course and then a long walk down the Beltline to finish at Ponce City Market!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I thank my parents for pushing me so hard and being extremely strict so I could become the person I am today. I would not be the same person if they didn’t push me to know four languages, or if they didn’t ask for two High School diplomas, or if they were just fine if I studied in any university, or if they accepted if I didn’t push the hardest to be the best of the best in everything I did. As Little Mix would say, “this is a shoutout to my ex”. All my past relationships have taught me so many lessons: self-love, respect, honesty, patience, hard-work. I am a combination of all the best qualities they had. I truly thank them for those.
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