Hidden Legend of Dallas: Melody Garcia

My name is Melody Garcia, I am twenty-six years old, and have lived in Dallas for almost nine years now. I grew up in El Paso, Texas, and came out here for college. I immediately fell in love with the city, and decided to stay after I graduated. The year was 2015 and I began teaching elementary school in Duncanville. I've always loved working with children, but I quickly saw how unfair the school system could be towards teachers and students alike. Since I was a little girl I always had an interest in hair, makeup, fashion - basically all things beauty. I'm the only person I know who got in trouble for wearing too much clear lip gloss before I was even ten. I would sit and watch my mom do her makeup often, we would read through tabloid magazines together and disect all of the looks, and you better believe my sisters and friends were all faces and heads to practice on. Right before I graduated college, I had begun posting pictures of makeup looks I would do on Instagram. Someone I went to school with was getting married soon, and reached out to me about doing her wedding makeup. I was honored but so scared. I did some research and found CMC Makeup School here in Dallas. It stood out to me because they offered weekend classes, which was important since I was still teaching. It was there that I received my first makeup kit, learned the basics, and later learned airbrush makeup techniques. Later that year I did her and her bridal parties' makeup and had a blast. (Thanks for trusting me Kassy) My fear of wedding makeup was conquered and I had found a new passion! I practiced as much as I could on whoever was willing and just kind of went from there. For almost two years I was teaching, doing makeup, and had also taken up a part-time job at Pluckers. It was a really hard time in my life, but I found peace in the artistry of makeup, and I loved making others feel great about themselves in the process. Doing makeup was something that was completely mine, it kept me going and made me feel a sense of purpose. I wasn't getting this feeling teaching anymore, and at the end of my third year, I resigned. I was going to do makeup full-time and take over the world, or at least I thought. A month later I found out I was pregnant. I tried to tough it out but in the end, reluctantly went back to my old school district. It's funny how God works, so just stay with me here. That year was challenging- I was pregnant, teaching, and still half-heartedly chasing my makeup dreams. Right before I went on maternity leave, I had a bridal trial. That client ended up being in administration for the district I work for now. I went on leave, had my daughter Selah, and she ignited something new in me. No longer did I feel defeated, looking at her made me want to be the best version of myself possible. How could I tell her to follow her dreams if I gave up on mine? I got back into the grind of taking jobs, and a couple months later started the next school year somewhere new. I began to try to operate in a spirit of excellence at all times. I loved my new job, it sparked a new passion in me for teaching, which in turn just made me want to embody a spirit of excellence in everything I do. I continued to do makeup, be a mom, and take whatever opportunities came my way. This quickly became a lot on my plate, and I decided to majorly slow-down with makeup bookings so I could spend more time with Selah on the weekends. I was so sad, but man God's timing is everything. Within two months Covid-19 had stopped the world, so even if I wanted to be working like crazy, that was not about to happen. During this time I got connected with The Kickback, and was offered my own time slot for a show. I was honored, but had no idea what I was going to do. After much thought, I decided to do something totally different than anything I've ever been a part of. That's where Cosas Buenas came about, it means "good things" in Spanish. I wanted to spotlight people who were doing good things. I also wanted to inspire people to educate themselves and take ownership of their lives. So that's just what I did! Present-day we are wrapping up the first season, there are amazing things in the works for season two, I'm getting ready to return to a very different school year (shout-out to ms. rona), and I have begun show-casing my makeup tips and tricks on YouTube. There are so many more bits and pieces I could add to this about me, but in sum I'd say I think my true purpose is to help others become better versions of themselves. I GET to do that everyday. Whether it be at school, on camera, or when the time comes again, with a makeup brush in hand.

How are you impacting your community?

I believe I am impacting my community in various ways. Alongside my amazing coworkers, I am helping shape the next generation by integrating basic life skill practice into their academics. I do my best to ensure that my students leave my classroom feeling like they can become anything they want to be, despite any hardships life has thrown at them. With Cosas Buenas, I am trying to give my viewers the tools they need to also become anything they want to be. I was privileged to grow up with parents who really worked hard to set me up right. I was taught about savings and credit from a young age, and saw both of my parents hustle day in and day out at their own respective jobs (my mom has her own bookkeeping business, and my dad is a pastor, love you guys). I know not everyone is blessed to grow up in that environment, so I really try to educate, inspire, and encourage my viewers with each episode. While the makeup biz is not what it normally is right now, I still believe I'm making an impact by giving women the tools they need to feel confident. This looks like makeup tutorials, real-talks, and a lot of transparency from myself about my own struggles. I want young girls and women to see that they are in charge of their future, and then take action!

What advice would you give to someone looking to follow your path in the industry?

I would say to be patient, consistent, keep yourself humble, and be your own biggest hype man. "My path" doesn't even feel like a path a lot of the time. It feels like a mountain with high hills, low valleys, and plateaus. I've learned that if you keep your head down, constantly work to make yourself better, and keep your character in check, the rest will come to you. If you ever catch yourself feeling cocky, fix it before God fixes it for you. If you feel unseen, keep going, keep working, keep posting, do not stop. If you are feeling like your work is never going to pay off, rebuke that in Jesus' name, get up and work through another day instead. Lastly, you are going to run into a lot more haters than supporters in the beginning. You are going to feel annoying sometimes. You are going to feel inadequate. You are going to compare yourself to others in the same field. In those moments, ALWAYS HYPE YOURSELF UP. True supporters come in time, you have to put yourself out there for people to see you, you are more than capable, and you can learn lessons(good and bad) from everyone around you. There is enough room for all of us to eat, so you better make your own space at the table!

What separates you from your competitors?

I believe my genuine heart is the biggest thing that sets me apart. I truly want everyone around me to succeed, and I will not step on others toes for my own success.

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