We had the good fortune of connecting with Cynthia Quinonez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cynthia, how do you think about risk?
Risk is not only a gamble, but also a decision swiftly made while carefully considering your fear, and your vulnerability, and if it is worth the return or outcome. I say swiftly, as impulsivity is one of my symptoms of my ADHD. While I most likely already researched and analyzed the probabilities, it has been my lack of impulse control that is what makes me pull the trigger. I can’t say that my impulsiveness has always paid off, but it’s definitely led me on the road otherwise not taken, and not wondering, “what if?” I used to allow fear from keeping me from taking any risks, and maybe that’s why I feel that I hit a plateau for so long. I can say with absolute certainty that when I started taking risks, and letting my guard down, my life changed for the better. Risk has helped me find my community, my calling in life, and helped me take leaps with brand collaborations and meeting wonderful people that had I not done so, I would be much further behind in my goals, if I would have even decided to even go down this road. I always say, “Shoot your shot!” In my experience, this has proved useful. Another risk variation that has also helped me is, “Fake it until you make it.” Taking that risk, you could even surprise yourself with how far you can go and accomplish.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a beauty and EDM Festival (or rave) blogger and content creator. It’s more than that though. I love building communities of people, bringing them together based on our common interests, and connecting with them. It started when I was invited to join a Facebook group of people who had an exclusive annual pass for music festivals. As it was a new program, I wanted to be able to connect with people and share experiences and what we knew about the program. Before I knew it, the Facebook group of 22 members grew to over 700+ members in about 8 months. I would host meet-ups at festivals, give everyone the latest information as to what events would go on sale next and what weekends. I would even coordinate social gatherings so that local people could meet up and hang out. This was in 2019 so it was still acceptable to hang out in large groups. Before we knew it, our group became a little family that got to reunite at festivals. It was incredible. You were able to talk to people on the internet who had the same exclusivity as you did and would make plans to travel to other states to go to festivals together because most likely your own friends weren’t going to make the trip to another state for a festival when they had to pay travel plus ticket expenses. Quarantine is when the community really bonded. We would have zoom calls scheduled and watch live streams together and party in our own homes, but were virtually together. I honestly feel that without this amazing community, some of us would have lost our minds. Right now that festivals are on pause, I started branching out and decided to combine the two passions in my life– Beauty and music festivals or raves. It only seemed natural to do so because I don’t do natural day-to-day makeup but I love to create colorful, bold, and dramatic beauty looks. Where else to wear these and feel the most comfortable but at raves. If only I could wear body glitter or face jewels every day and it’s not a huge deal. That and festival fashion, I began writing about beauty-related items but also made it festival or rave related. I was doing great until I realized that I wanted to switch web hosts so in the process of doing that, I didn’t follow the procedure correctly and I lost all my blog posts from April through December. I was devastated. Having to start over was not easy. I am diagnosed with ADHD and Anxiety so trying to get going all over again has been a huge struggle, along with typical life stressors. I have to put my full-time job first, so by the time I get home, I have no more motivation left. I am learning to take it day by day and allow myself to rest and do things as I become motivated but also be kinder to myself. One of the other struggles I had, was because of my ADHD, I tend to hyperfocus. I wanted to do 10 things at once. I wanted to blog, learn how to take photos, edit photos, record videos, edit videos, and how to learn it all and perfect each skill right away. That is definitely not realistic. So instead of learning and trying one thing at a time and practicing it, I tried researching everything to learn it and couldn’t get any actual progress on any one thing. I have recently learned to slow down and do things as I am ready to direct my attention to one or two things instead of 15 items on a to-do list. One thing I do have to say is my passion for wanting to share my knowledge and my wanting to connect with others and build a community, fuels my fire. I have taken breaks, but have not given up.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would start with house music brunch at The Patio LA in Hollywood at The Academy. You get drinks, great house music in a beautiful little outdoor restaurant. Next. would be the Museum of Dream Space in Beverly Hills. It has infinite rooms of digital art and showcasing creativity, essentially a perfect Instagram photo op. Enjoy exploring the beautifully lit, whimsical space with your friend and get some photos to last a lifetime. Ending the night with a hike to Griffith Observatory, take in the LA skyline, and even add some good music for a euphoric and magical vibe, taking in the beauty of Los Angeles. If there is a drive in rave going on, I definitely recommend going to one that Insomniac Events is hosting. Its socially distant, safe, and fun. Buy a car pass and go with your group, treat it like tailgating and take camping chairs, a folding table, lights to decorate your area, and if you don’t want to take your food, you can order food, drinks, and merchandise online and they bring it right to your spot! Music is always so good, you’re guarenteed a good time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To the Artists and Producers who created the music that speaks to my soul and helps me get through life. To the rave community, who fueled my love for events and festivals and taught me that it is okay to express myself and be accepted and loved, and to love others. My love Steve who’s supporting and going on this journey with me. My mom, my Angel, who without her, I wouldnt have found this incredible music, but who’s unconditional love and support guides me and navigates me through this beautiful thing called life.