Latinx Heritage Month Feature: Gabriella Cataño Salinas
For today’s Hispanic Heritage Month feature, we are proud to present Gabriella Cataño Salinas, a former make up artist who now dedicates her time to working on live TV. The Miami native has not only passion for beauty and makeup, but also for science, having recently obtained a Bachelors degree in psychology. In an exclusive interview with LatinX, we ask Salinas to share her story, inspirations, and hopes for others who aspire to pursue the same career.
How did you get into the industry? Is it a lot of hard work?
As a child of two Latinx actors, I grew up in the entertainment industry. I would follow my mom to television and photoshoot sets and hangout in the makeup room while she worked. That’s where my love for makeup began. Years later, I started my career as a professional makeup artist, which lead me to create a YouTube Channel and Instagram dedicated to all things beauty and fashion. From there on, I then made my debut as a host, panelist, and beauty expert on TV. I have been a part of several live segments on beauty, makeup, millennial topics, etc. that were broadcasted both nationally and internationally, including Un Nuevo Dia- Telemundo, Despierta America- Univision, and La Hora Hola- Hola TV. Evolving from a makeup artist and beauty blogger to a TV host, model, and actress has definitely been an exciting journey for me. I hope to be able to set an example and inspire those who aspire to be in the entertainment industry.
What does it mean to be Latinx in this industry?
Being Latinx for me has always been something I take pride in. I was born and raised in Miami, a beautiful city basically run by Latinx individuals. It’s amazing having grown up surrounded by so many like-minded, yet different people. Although the Latinx community is viewed as a whole, we are all different; we all bring something new to the table, be it our looks, accents, food, music, etc. This industry of “beauty” and “entertainment” is much better with our Latinx influence. We bring new concepts, creativity, diversity, and more to the table! And that is something to be proud of.
What’s something about yourself you’re most proud of?
I am most proud of finally deciding to go for my true dreams: I graduated from college and obtained my Bachelor’s in Psychology and and a Graduate Certificate in Social Media Marketing from FIU and UF respectively. I’ve always had interest in science in addition to my passion for the entertainment industry. It takes guts to go for your dreams, and I am definitely proud of myself for achieving this!
Who helped you get where you are today? Inspirations.. role models… parents etc.
I have had many angels in my life. My biggest angel has been my mom, Adriana Cataño. In addition to maintaining her impeccable reputation and career in entertainment, she also fulfilled the equally challenging role of being a dedicated single mother. She is my biggest role model and inspiration.
Another person who influences me is Kimberly Reyes, a Colombian actress, model, and TV host who now runs her own beauty company. Her story is proof that you can do it all and be successful.
Although I was born to parents with strong relationships in the industry, my success is not built through nepotism. There was a lot of hard work involved. I still have ways to go and hope to continue bettering my craft and develop my own career.
What do you hope to see more in your industry?
I would love to see more support from fellow bloggers, actors, models, makeup artists etc. The world we live in is a positive and abundant one. There is enough work, clients, success, etc. for everyone and we should focus on that mentality rather than having a “lack” mentality thinking that we are the only ones with a chance at succeeding. David Meltzer once said something along the lines of: “If you are given the chance to help someone else, try to because you may be the answer to their prayers.” That really stuck with me.