Over the past few months, I collaborated with some old college friends to produce a music video for Gabe Cruz.
I met Gabe back during my days at UCSD in the Theatre Department. We took vocal class together, and I remember thinking that his sound was very unique. He reminded me of a present-day Johnny Cash in some regard with his deep voice and Americana songwriting.
Our friend, Sam--who directed my Love of Mine music video--texted me one day asking if I'd help with Gabe's project. It was a group of old friends coming together to support our fellow artist and UCSD alum... how could I say no?
We filmed in North Hollywood, Los Angeles during the course of 1 weekend. After being a San Diegan for 5+ years, I never felt so "LA" as I did while filming this project (in the best way possible). Cheers to a rad project!
Also, I want to give a special thanks to my friends at GoodGaff Productions (Dima & Ly). They were awesome camera crew partners on set. Fun fact: Dima was the editor for my Love of Mine music video and will be collaborating with me again on an upcoming project!
I haven't done any acting in a little while, but I am excited to announce that I will be playing the role of Valerie Han in the new web series, Private Investigations. Valerie is a bright young woman, who has distanced herself and was finally ostracized by her family due to her rebellious nature. After developing a passion for cooking and the culinary arts, she now wants to make amends with her family, especially her sister Victoria, who is a DA. Written by Darryl Vickers. Directed by Matthew Robinson.
More news coming soon...
Yesterday, August 5, I did my first interview on the radio to promote a couple of my upcoming creative projects! It was so exciting, and I was sure nervous. We talked about my music and music videos. I could not believe that "Cardboard Spaceship" and "Love of Mine" were played on air too! What an awesome experience and opportunity as an independent singer-songwriter.
Aside from film, we also talked about a new documentary film that I've been working with the BuenPaso Collective for a few months called, Letters From Our Elders. It's a documentary about immigrants from the past, present, and future. It was inspired by the director's curiosity into his grandfather's history of surviving the Holocaust. The director, Aaron Freeder, talked to René Vargas Madrigal about his findings, and they began to discuss the current state of immigration, especially in Tijuana, Mexica. René and another member of BuenPaso, Edwin Cruz, soon became the Executive Producers of the project. René and I met earlier this year, and he asked if I would be interested in helping with producing part of this film project.
After Aaron and I chatted on the phone about his film more in depth, I was game. Especially in today's political and cultural climate, I could see how this project could be more impactful than ever. Aaron kept mentioning this film to be a "living" documentary. By that, he explained that it will take shape as the production continues forward. He didn't have a script outline or structure in mind from the beginning, and he intended to see where people's stories take him.
Watch the whole interview above.
Special thanks to KPFK and Nancy Sanchez for this opportunity.
Jan 9 creation: an apron for when you need deep pockets fast. I quickly sewed this together as part of a costume for the play, Eraser.
Jan 8 creation: Costume Design. I have the pleasure of working with new and old friends on 2 original plays. Here is a sneak peek at the costumes for one of the plays. We have a Drake fanatic, 2 reporters, and a janitor who is in her PJ's.
Jan 7 creation: movement/dance & smiles. Today has been filled with warmth and appreciating all the art around me with wonderful people. It started with meeting a new friend at my favorite local coffee shop. Then the day continued with exploring Jennifer Steinkamp's gorgeous installation, Madame Curie, at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. After, I wandered throughout Seaport Village with my good friend, Neda. There, we found a beer garden and danced with the live performers. Finally, I ended the night at Modern Times to to do some beer tasting and to catch up with some other friends.
This week has been quite stressful, so taking a day to relax, enjoy art, and be with good company was exactly what I needed. I highly recommend taking some time to breathe and look at the world through a less cluttered mindset; it's beyond refreshing.
Jan 6 creation: patchwork on pants - part 2. My friend's pants have clearly been through a lot, but it has been a fun challenge to figure out how to patch them up. I enjoyed arranging and hand stitching the fabrics together while watching chick flicks. My favorite part of these pants is definitely the pocket.
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