Montreal's Very Own Natasha Gargiulo
You've heard her on Freeway and Natasha in the morning on Virgin Radio, you've seen her cover the most glamorous red carpet events with Entertainment Tonight Canada, and now you have the chance to meet her at the Maddy K Inspires Luxury Retreat this summer! Montreal's very own Natasha Gargiulo opened up to Goss Club about her journey in the show business, how she finds balance through it all and how you can get whatever you want in life, if you work hard enough for it.
Voted one of the hottest Canadian Women on Television, Natasha was born and raised in Montreal from Italian descend. She graduated from Concordia University with a specialization in Communications Studies and dove into the industry in her early 20's. She was a natural as they say, and it wasn't long before she was appearing on television news channels, covering pop culture events and branding her name in the entertainment industry.
When did your television career begin?
I always wanted to work in television: not news, but more pop culture. I was finishing my degree at Concordia when I got an offer to work full time in a sales company, which had great benefits [at the time]. I was 23, in debt, I had just finished school but I knew in my heart that's not what I wanted to do with my future. I took the leap of faith, refused the position and instead I got an internship at Mix 96, worked there for free, which [eventually] lead to a full time job.
From radio came television gigs, celebrity interviews and a full time career doing exactly what she loved. Natasha proves that when you want something badly enough and you're willing to put in the work for it, you will succeed.
In less than 10 years, she's now the correspondent for ET Canada, travels the world to cover red carpet events, interviewed celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, and George Clooney. She has a beautiful daughter that motivates her daily and has even managed to make time to give back with her yearly Maddy K Inspires Luxury Retreat. When I asked her what she's learned working in the entertainment industry given her ample amount of experience, her response was simple:
You don't know how long this ride is going to last, say YES. Always give your 100%, work hard, be prepared. No one is going to make it happen for you - you need to go out there and hustle. Find the networks, make connections. Work for it.
How do you balance your career and being a mother?
☀️Shine & 🌸 crowns . At this age, my daughter wants to be just like mommy. I constantly go from wanting her to be my baby forever to being excited by all the amazing things she will do on her own in her life! It's not always going to be like this. One day this phase of flower crowns & dress up will fly by! And as much as I want to hold on...as she grows & stand firmly on her own two feet all I can do is stand right behind her in case she needs me 💖 #lifeistooshort #lifeistooprecious #enjoythelittlethings #mommyandme #gotitfrommymomma @joolzbar #photoshoot #campaign
There's no right or wrong equation. I work very hard and I try to be with my daughter as much as I can. There's always mommy guilt, you always think you should be doing more, getting more involved - it's about finding balance. Not being too hard on yourself, talking with other women. [Women] are very hard on themselves, [we] don't want to fail I think we need to be more understanding and less critical. We all have a story.
What advice would you give young women starting out in the entertainment industry?
Be relatable, be true to yourself, don't give up. There's no easy way out, you've got to work for it. Believe in yourself. I believed I was going to make it, and I made it happen for me.
When she's not behind a camera, or in front of it, Natasha's empowering other women with best pal, Maddy K during their Woman's Empowering Retreat and Hustle & Heart events.
It's rewarding to give back and be part of something bigger. That's why we started this retreat. Nowadays, women don't have time for friends, it's hard to find a good group of women to support one another, we want to be that group for others, to empower them.
Woman's Empowering Retreat will take place on July 13-16.