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Daily Inspiration: Meet Synthea Gonzales

Today we’d like to introduce you to Synthea Gonzales.

Hi Synthea, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I believe my arrival at where I am today is far less a story of intention but destiny. The odds weren’t in my favor, but without each & every happening I wouldn’t be where I am today. I was born & raised in Denver, CO. I came from a family that put far more stock in labor than education, so I didn’t dream of much beyond that. Also being a mother of two by age 18, I thought my future was limited. My twenties consisted of attempting college, trial & error, & doing my best at what I could. I began to dabble in creativity with photography. I happened to be great at it. I later fell in love with film photography & learned how to develop film with my partner. Yet something in me needed more. At age 26, I left the only place I knew to seek what was seeking me. The first two years in Los Angeles were ruff, I wasn’t finding much work in film photography. I started to give up, but as time past I found my tribe that I now call family. Being around me allowed me to engulf myself in creativity & fine tune my vision. During the pandemic, I obtained my yoga certification as well as thrusting myself into Production Design thus giving birth to Synthesis Production Design over a period of 6 months. I have successfully completed two leads as well as a background of other great productions before hand stepping out on my own. There are so many stories that I could tell, but the day I was able to tell my story, I wanted focus on the wins because I deserve that joy.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This is such a hard question for me to answer because there are so many things that could’ve stopped me from getting to this moment. My superpower is transparency, so I will be honest & say I am a product of poverty, sexual abuse, & a toxic environment as a child. I suffered a lot of trauma. Although a lot of people would be hesitant to disclose this information, I am not because the loneliness & lack of support I felt could’ve hindered me from arriving where I am today. I want others know that they can even when the world has told them they can’t. That they don’t have to wallow in the shadows, that they can be the light. It’s important that we don’t tell romanticized stories about our pasts & we came to because I know what hope can do for the psyche of someone who feels alone & broken.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Formally I am a yoga teacher & production designer. I received training to become a yoga teacher & through my life experiences, I am able to create safe & healing spaces, but production design is a much different story. I would play around with set design in the past because I am meticulous with detail, have a vast imagination, & deep love for colors. One of my good friends having seen this & putting me through a few tests prior on some projects, suggested me for an opportunity & the rest is history! Since June of last year I have worked on sets for New Balance, Wiz Khalifa, Barefoot Wines, among many others. I had my first lead as a production designer for a live performance for Common & then followed by CIROC. The opportunities are great, but besides my work ethic, I believe the kindness, respect, & positivity I bring into any set is what has allowed me to stay around. It’s needed in these spaces. It’d be easy to think I am most of proud of the names, but my ability to believe in myself & persevere is what I am most proud of. We can get caught up in doing the things & forget the things are nothing without the individual. The art, the visions, the stories. We have to love & love what we do. I suppose that is what makes me unique, I truly enjoy the human experience & the ability we have to create!

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Above all respect. We should never cease to see ourselves in the homeless person on the corner or the CEO of a major corporation. We are all the same. I treat everyone with respect even if we disagree on things. Secondary to that, I am extremely organized, great at problem-solving, & meticulous when it comes to details! Things I’ve always been good at but never knew how to use them properly. With time comes wisdom & I stand by ability to succeed in anything I put my hands on.

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Adam Simms (Photo Of Jojo T. Gibbs in red suit)

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