Name: Raquel Gonzalez
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Raquel Gonzalez is a Producer, writer and storyteller from Chicago, IL who currently resides in Dallas, TX. Raquel’s career in the media industry started while she was attending at The University of Texas Pan American (now University of Texas Rio Grande Valley). She participated in every event and quickly made her way as Station Manager giving her enough experience to become the intern at FOX / KFXV – in the Valley. Her goal was to make it to a city with a top 5 market.
Currently, Raquel is working as a Producer at KDAF-TV, CW33 where she’s branding her rawness of compassion and community engagement. She’s continually creating her story and displaying her timeline of honesty and growth through social media. In the years to come, Raquel sees herself working on her foundation to empower women, creating her fashion line and interviewing people who have a story to tell. Raquel’s ultimate goal is to change the perception of beauty and professionalism for all of the brown girls in the world.
Who is Raquel Gonzalez?
Raquel is a Puerto Rican from the streets of Chicago, now living in Dallas. Emcee, Red Carpet Host, On-Air Talent, Producer, Writer and Reporter, you name it, she can do it. Her passion is to connect with people and tell their story. Her goal: Changing the perception of beauty.
What void does your business fill in your current industry?
I try to cover all things going on in the community. I cover the stories that other stations do not. At NewsFix, the goal is to be the voice of the generation; talking about things that are important to us and who we are.
Tell us three lessons you’ve learned while operating your business.
You will get a lot of no’s before you get a yes. Doors have slammed in my face left and right but I refuse to stay silent.
Use your platform for something. I get tired of seeing the title influencer used so loosely. Make sure you are out there actually influencing people to do something instead of just to buy something.
I came from nothing, so everything is a win. Don’t take the little successes for granted. Be humble in what you’re doing and remember that at one point, you didn’t have this.
Mentorships are vital, if you could be mentored by anyone in the world who would it be and why?
To be quite honest, it would have to be Jennifer Lopez. I know people may think this is cliche but I have really been following her since the beginning (you can ask anyone that knows me). I am amazed at how much she has accomplished throughout her career and I would love to know how she does it ALL. She’s a leader. Constantly reinventing herself and staying relevant. She’s embraced all flaws and just accepted herself for who she is. That’s something everyone should do.
Tell us one thing majority of people don’t know about you.
I was raised by a single mother and my grandparents. My mom was strict. I didn’t get to do what everyone else did. But, I’m so thankful for them and everything they taught me. I believe my upbringing shaped who I am today and I’m pretty proud of that and where I come from. “Yo soy Boricua, pa que tu lo sepa!”
Why do you feel that you should win a COSIGN Award?
What a tough question. I don’t believe I should win anything, I should earn this award. If I earn this award, it means people (the Dallas community) are responding to what I’m doing and they believe in it. It would mean that I’m making waves for the minorities. It would also mean, I need to continue. The competition in my category is top notch. If any of them win, I would be just as happy. I am thankful to even be nominated and be among such genuinely talented people.
Who do you #COSIGN and why?
I #COSIGN KG because he does it for the culture. That’s what I’m about. I’m about the community and sharing the stories we want to see. From highlighting the small, minority business owner to the city celebrity, I’m about all of that. Please continue to do what you do KG, we need more like you.