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Meet Jonathan Hernandez of John Calvry in Lynwood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Hernandez.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My parents always pushed me in being creative. Whether that be in music, writing lyrics, poems, drawing, photography, or graphic design. I always found a healthy outlet for being creative. At the age of 14, I personally fell into a deep depression and attempted suicide in hope to run away from the pain. After the failed attempt of overdosing on pills, I was hit with a realization of hope and support that I wanted to be for kids all over. Kids, teens, and adults are hit with depression, anxiety, and mental health problems daily and it’s becoming a worldwide epidemic. I want my music and art to reach out to people finding it hard to find hope and purpose to let them know that they are not alone and they can find love in my music and other forms of art. I am now a Hip Hop recording artist and photographer hoping to reach anyone I can to show them hope and light at the end of their tunnel.

Great, 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?
I think the biggest struggle for any artist or creative is finding the windows of opportunity to be given a chance to have their voice heard and able to show what they can do. Finding support and leaning into those opportunities is always tough. I would also say finding the dedication to keep pushing through the hardships, but if you have a deep love for your art, this will always pass and you should always do what you believe in.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an LA Native, hip hop artist, photographer, and videographer. My music is driven by me being a Hispanic male and being transparent with my mental health hardships. Starting conversations that maybe we weren’t taught to have by the way we were raised. As a photographer, I love taking portraits and scenery shots. I enjoy family portraits and beach/mountain scenery photos. As a videographer, I love shooting music videos. I’m most proud of my transparency as an artist and my ability to wear my weaknesses on my sleeve for all to see to know that they are not alone.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Transparency as an artist.

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