Maya Gonzales – Michigan Interview by Inspiring Teens Nomination & Photography by Sweet Life Photography Issue 41 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination:Maya Gonzales had a vision for her life from an early age. She always knew her path in life would be an artist and musician. Maya has dedicating her life to her violin, piano, guitar, and artwork. She has been fortunate to travel the world playing her music and extremely fortunate to attend Interlochen Arts Academy. Her good fortune comes by having a passion, drive, and dedication to be the best artist she can possibly be. Her artistry is bigger than herself. She continually looks at how her artistry can affect change in her community and the lives of others.
Photography by Sweet Life Photography
Please share your music career with us. When did you start, which instrument is your favorite, and where and what you are practicing now? I officially started my music career when I was about 6 years old, taking piano lessons. But even before then, I remember singing folk songs with my grandpa while he played guitar. While I have always been a classically trained musician, I owe my grandpa a great due of thanks for being one of the people that kept me motivated. After about 5 years of taking piano lessons, I started taking violin lessons as well. I played in my high school orchestra, my local symphony orchestra, and played in a string quartet at weddings. I also attended multiple camps from the ages of 12 to 16. My junior year I auditioned for Interlochen Art Academy, was accepted, and played violin in the academy symphony. In the midst of playing violin and piano, I learned ukelele, bass guitar and acoustic/electric guitar. Im now still studying at Interlochen Arts Academy, focusing on fashion, but trying to improve my guitar playing.
What is one of your favorite memories music has brought you? Either travelling to Europe to tour with a youth symphony, or travelling to Miami with the Interlochen orchestra. In Europe I performed at beautiful churches and venues across France, Germany, and Luxembourg. In Miami we performed at The New Word Center for a sold out crowd of 700 people.
Photo by Amy Gonzales
What type of artwork do you do? I do all types of artwork, but some of my favorite mediums are charcoal, pencil, and oil/acrylic paint. I like to make conceptual artwork that is meaningful to me and to the people who see it. Conceptual art is nice because it depends on the viewer to determine the meaning behind it, and it can be different for everyone.
What types of fashion do you design and where do you get your inspiration? Right now, I design mainly dresses and some shirts, but I am hoping to work my way up to other garments like jackets and suits. I get my inspiration from all over. It can be something as simple as seeing an outfit I like on Instagram and using that for inspiration. But it can also be a very deep and involving process where I find a theme to work with and base a garment off that. I also love looking in fashion magazines and seeing all of the new trends, I think my favorite magazine is ‘W’.
Dress and Photo by Maya Gonzales
If you have a favorite, we'd love to see a picture of something you've designed and the details to go along with it.
The picture I submitted (above) is a dress that I just designed and built this semester. I got one of my friends to model the dress for me and I also shot the pictures.
Look for Maya in issue 41 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!