We had the good fortune of connecting with Gina Medina and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gina, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
Not internalizing other peoples decisions.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
There is absolutely no better feeling than meeting someone where they are in their life, hearing about their insecurities, what scares them, what they wish they could hide from having to deal with, and then quite literally exposing said insecurities to them and showing them through my lens just how ravishing and absolutely jaw dropping they are by just being fully present within themselves.
How I got here professionally you ask? Lol Well the sob story part of it is that at one point in time it was more of a hobby and brought in some extra spending money, fast forward to now and its the sole source of income for my babies and I. Here’s the thing though, a story like that can do one of two things, it can shatter into dust the very essence of who you are and all the good you still had in you to do OR it can birth you into the Phoenix and have that good in you burn brighter than the flames they put you in.
How do you overcome? You feel everything you have the right to feel, you breathe and choose the other thought… you give light to YOUR power, not theirs, and you carry every ounce of those feelings into your art. It’ll distract you from it for a second, but let it breathe into your art, let that fire ignite all that dormant passion.
There have been way too many lessons along my journey to list them all here but one I’m learning as we speak is that no matter what, you have to choose peace. No that isn’t always fair and by God no, that is never ever easier than choosing to match anyone else’s disrespect or audacity, but what it will bring back to you in ways you wont be able to imagine is worth far more than that temporary/fleeting feeling of recompense.
What I’d want the world to know? That it doesn’t feel like it, but we’re gonna be ok… I’ve met so many incredible people in this art form of mine, people with the most captivating and compelling stories, I’ve seen their eyes change while they’ve spoken about their hurt and where it brought them, at the end of them sharing with me, you know what happens? We celebrate by capturing an important moment in their lives right now, moments that they don’t ever want to forget…we capture that laughter and that love and we unapologetically rejoice in it.
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?
This question just made me realize I’m in need of a staycation even more so than I thought. Lol I don’t know about a week long trip, but I know you have to go to POST Houston, go to the rooftop at sunset, take off your shoes, and play a game of jumbo Jenga while listening to some music and feeling the turf between your toes. Lol ooh, omg ok so you’ll want to also stop by either Gumbo Jeaux and get their crawfish tacos or go to Lotus Seafood and get their Loud Pack with extra butter.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
God and my family are the reason I’m able to do anything I do.
Main photo is taken by JoAnn Marie Photography