Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Mosqueda.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jonathan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in a sub-city in Los Angeles (Wilmington) that carried a stigma for simply its reputation in gangs, location, and its people. Growing up, I wasn’t as privileged as others were to be. I lived with my father who was parenting four of his kids by himself, so dividing attention was complex. He was a hard worker leaving home at 6 am not being back until 430 pm. What was challenging for me was my relationship with my siblings, non-existent. If my brothers and I had any communication, it was because we were fighting. So for the majority of my childhood, I spent time alone. It wasn’t always easy for me to cooperate with my emotions as a kid. I lacked emotional support which made up for most of my childhood.
During my teenage years, I was a troublemaker. I was never a student to follow the rules I would prefer to be controversial. My behavior was something that needed to be worked on. It was very disruptive, got me into trouble, and overall caused a scene. There have been times where law enforcement had to be involved. That in itself will describe the picture who I used to be. There came a point in which I was no longer able to attend school. During the period of not attending school, I was placed in a marine boot camp to better myself and eliminate bad habits. Fortunately, I was able to change my life around for the better.
Once I’ve made that change, I was welcomed to enroll back into school and proceed on my education. Along the way, I developed hobbies such as running, swimming, and theatre. I, within those sports I was able to develop confidence on top of my extroverted personality and take it to places I’ve never expected to be. Eventually, I graduated from high school and headed to college. I was one of the few success stories. I’d be invited to give speeches in schools and talk about what it was like for me to reach my position in life. Unwillingly, I naturally became a role model for my community of being able to accomplish goals one may think is impossible to reach.
Now I am a pursuing drag! A completely off turn, however with this being said I am still sharing my story to those in need of hearing it. My ultimate goal is to reach an influential state, I want to make an impact on people in how they can positively enjoy life, find true meaning in what they are in search of and eliminate fear. To lead an example of what life is all about within your own terms. To not think failure is the end of it all, but to transform your failure into fuel to prove to yourself you’re worthy of everything and anything you desire to be.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve encountered many struggles, however, the struggle that is potentially stalling me from reaching my goal is myself. I paint the bigger picture and expect to immediately achieve it. I need to remind myself to take it to step by step and eventually, I will reach it. Another thing is time management. As we know, life has its speed bumps and sometimes they’re a little too bumpy. With that being said maintaining a firm mindset can be dwelling too. It’s a challenge but it’s doable.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
What makes me stand out from the crowd is my personality in all honesty. I am a very simple-minded person regardless of my situation, I look upon the positive side of things. With that being said, my drag is something I can translate my love for theatre. When I perform, I like to convey real emotions in how I perform from body language to expressions. I deliver an experience with my shows and my interactions with my people. I am not a get it done deed type of performer. I had one motive in doing what I do and that is to entertain my people and have them feel a part of my show and I think I am very good at making my intentions clear.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is being happy with yourself. I don’t like to define success as a title of any sort. Personally, my lifetime goal is to be content with thyself. And by doing so I will continue to make each day a good day to the best of my ability. My happiness is my success.
- Email: Jonathanmosqueda1999@gmail.com
- Instagram: @ JGlamsx
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